The Estonian Presidency of the Council organised the Ministerial eGovernment Conference to discuss how to boost e-governance development and cooperation in Europe. The concrete goal of the conference was to sign the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment.

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eGovernment can spur innovation and growth throughout the economy by offering a lead market and a platform for private services while reducing red tape and bureaucracy for all residents of Europe. Digital solutions can also greatly contribute to strengthening the trust in governments. Last but not least, breaking down barriers, especially the cross-border ones, to access and reuse data that lies in the hands of the public sector should be in our view one of the pillars of free movement of data.

The conference featured high-level discussions about the benefits and the importance of eGovernment and the opportunities that it gives, as well as practical examples from public and private sector organisations on good practices in the area. We intended to focus discussions on both ensuring the delivery of EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 as well as start exploring the road ahead beyond 2020.

More information on the event, including the videos, speakers’ slides and photos (Conference and Ministerial Meeting; Reception and signing of the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment) are available now.

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