What is next for eGovernment ?

This year the Estonian EU Presidency is putting eGovernment at the forefront of discussions leading up to a Tallinn Declaration. Estonia is ranked number 1 in the EU and has emerged as a global leader in eGovernment operations.

Across the rest of the EU, online public and government services are also becoming increasingly accessible. Since the Malmö declaration in 2009, many progress has been made. According to the EU eGovernment Report 2016, 81% of the public services are now available online.

However the report also showed that the growth is uneven and a number of EU countries are still lagging behind. Therefore, the European Commission launched a new eGovernment Action Plan for 2016-2020. In addition to access of citizens to information, there is also an increased focus on the value of re-use of information with the recently launched a consultation on the Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive.

EURACTIV organised a workshop to discuss current challenges and the way forward in eGovernment by addressing questions as:

– What can be expected from the Tallinn Declaration and the Estonian Presidency in boosting eGovernment operations?

– What are the opportunities and challenges for the public sector and the EU citizens?

– What is the role of application program interface (APIs) in opening up government data and spurring data innovation?

– What will be the role of the upcoming Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive review?

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