e-Government: what does it really mean? Identifying objectives and obstacles

Breakfast Debate


Today e-Government is getting more and more interest and traction, all over Europe. It is also heard that some regions are very advanced while some others have not started any thinking on the issue. Indeed, and despite the huge advances in technology in recent decades, the reality is that many public administrations have not evolved so much towards e-Government.

Although the term “paperwork” may have lost some of its literal meaning in most aspects of our daily lives, it is still as pertinent as ever when dealing with certain public services. But what is really e-Government? It is an electronic version of the administration, a better access of citizens to specific data, or another way to facilitate democratic consultations? Is it none of them or all the three? Or something else? In order to shed further light on this area, this breakfast discussion will cover topics such as the definition of e-Government, the concrete objectives that stakeholders could pursue, the ways to move toward e-Government, the potential obstacles and partners, etc.

programme - 26/04/2017

Welcome and introduction:

Carlos Zorrinho MEP and EIF Member


Jean-François Junger, Deputy Head of Unit 'Public Services', DG CONNECT, European Commission

Christophe Merer, Vice President Europe, Government & Public Sector, European Market Development, MasterCard

Pablo Sarrias, CEO and founder, Civiciti

Siim Sikkut, CIO, Government Office of Estonia

Marlene Marques, Division of Administrative Modernization, Quality, Audit and Finance / Partnerships, Municipality of Águeda

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

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