About: e-government

Data protection 13-04-2017

Romanian EU-funded project accused of data protection violations

The Romanian government has been accused of bias in its awarding of EU funding to the country’s intelligence services. The e-Governance project is also facing serious allegations that it violates European and domestic laws on personal data protection.

Competition 06-05-2015

Europe’s digital revolution

The Digital Single Market is our chance to compete with the US on knowledge and innovation, writes Eva Paunova.

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Infographic: How Digital is the EU in 2015?
Digital 12-03-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: How Digital is the EU in 2015?

The European Commission has published new data analysing and ranking how digital EU member states are. The Digital Economy and Society Index 2015 measures digital performance and competitiveness across five dimensions:

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Public Affairs 29-01-2015

EurActory: Who matters in EU policy-making?

Today’s EU policy makers are overwhelmed with information from civil society, business representatives, lobbyists or think tanks.

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EU experts looking for clarity in EU information

In a workshop held at EURACTIV's headquarters, EU experts gave their thoughts on making the data on EU affairs more accessible and making the process more efficient. 

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Future EU 20-09-2013

eParticipation in the EU – Engaging Citizens in Policy Issues

eParticipation showcases how Web-based eParticipation initiatives, such as Puzzled by Policy [www.puzzledbypolicy.eu] and OurSpace [www.joinourspace.eu], can enhance traditional participation mechanisms, by providing accessibility, transparency, and real-time interaction.

Elections 17-09-2013

New technologies are key to foster EU transparency and participation

The EU should make better use of new technologies to improve its democratic decision making, transparency and participation. This is key in an election year, at a time when the sense of trust among citizens in its institutions is at an all-time low, writes Marietje Schaake.

Regional Policy 17-02-2012

Cash-strapped regions hesitate to jump on cloud bandwagon

The promise of a leaner, more efficient administration and innovative online services to citizens is making cloud computing an attractive solution for local governments. However, some are still reluctant to jump on the new IT bandwagon, fearing data protection issues and high investment costs.

Brexit 18-11-2010

Microsoft: Cloud computing heralds ‘technology revolution’

Europe's biggest competitive challenges for the future are "the two Ds" – debt levels in many countries and demographics or ageing populations, according to Jan Muehlfeit, Microsoft's chairman for Europe, who believes part of the solution lies in cloud computing.

Digital 21-04-2010

EU eGovernment push ‘threatens Microsoft supremacy’

EU telecoms ministers took an important step towards diluting the market dominance of Microsoft's Office software on Monday (19 April) when they agreed to roll out online services using more interoperable document formats, according to Brussels-based competition lawyers.

Competition 10-06-2008

Kroes calls for open standards in eGovernment

In an unusual move, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes today (10 June) backed the use of open software for eGovernment and called on public authorities not to impose proprietary standards on citizens.

Digital 30-01-2008

E-gov: When the town hall has all the answers you need

The European Commission has just nominated the "Hands" project, aimed at facilitating communication between citizens and public administrations, as the best e-government initiative of 2007. But while "Hands" is yet to be applied, for over a year citizens in the Belgian city of Waterloo have been able to ask for information from the town hall through an easy-to-use robot.

Digital 24-01-2008

Microsoft in push to establish e-Government standard

The US software giant has launched a new set of products aimed at standardising the provision of online services to citizens by public administrations. But while Microsoft says the move will help address the fragmentation of Internet services offered by local authorities, competitors argue it may pose a threat to the development of alternative software.

Digital 24-09-2007

Award winners demonstrate range of eGovernment services

A portal for the catering sector, a project for refurbishing computers and donating them to schools, hospitals and associations, a government portal and a back-office application for better interoperation between government services are the winners of the 2007 European eGovernment Awards. 

Digital 05-09-2007

eGovernment ‘all about trust and transparency’

In order to perform, eGovernment services need to be strongly underpinned by citizen trust and government transparency, a study commissioned by DG Information Society has found.

Digital 05-09-2007

eGovernment

The aim of eGovernment - one of the key objectives laid out in the Commission's i2010 Action plan - is to bring administrations closer to citizens and businesses by providing online public services; a goal that was to be achieved by 2005.

Digital 06-07-2006

e-Government in Europe makes a big leap

Online government services such as registering a car, applying for a building permission or paying social contributions, has made big progress, a survey for the Commission finds. 

Digital 24-02-2006

Commission targets cross-border administrative burden

The EU Commission has published a Communication calling for seamless interoperability of e-government services on national, regional and local levels throughout the EU.

Data protection 30-11-2005

Efficiency and transparency are challenges for e-government

EU ministers have declared their wish to implement e-Government services while the Commisison is improving its online presence.

Digital 27-07-2005

Online availability of public services: how is Europe progressing?

Member states are steadily moving more public services on-line, with new members catching up quickly. But progress needs to accelerate. The e-government benchmarking report prepared by Capgemini for DG Information Society examines the availability of government-related on-line services throughout the EU. 

Security 18-05-2005

Biometrics & democracy [Archived]

Biometrics are becoming more and more prominent in discussions about how society will look in the future. This dossier looks at their projected use in voting systems across Europe.

EU Priorities 2020 09-03-2005

Brief – Commission offers new tool to boost cross-border entrepreneurship

The Commission has developed a single-entry information source, called the 'Your Europe' portal, to provide EU-wide business information to enterprises and entrepreneurs.

Digital 20-01-2005

The European Union and its eGovernment development policy

In this book, Antonio Alabau from the Universidad Politecnica de
Valencia (Spain), tries to answer the following question in the
context of the Lisbon strategic objectives: Can the EU, using
instruments from its Industrial, Trans-European Networks, Research
and Technological Development, Internal Market, Competition and
Regional Development Policies, get public administrations to use
ICT, carry out organisational changes, improve public services and
democratic processes and develop their public policies?

Digital 07-10-2004

EU recommends re-focusing e-government strategy on Lisbon objectives

New recommendations propose re-focusing the EU’s
e-government strategy on speeding up the delivery and efficiency of
public services for businesses and citizens.