eGovernment at Regional and local level: Have your say and shape our Public Administrations of the future

Presentations and the workshop report have been included in the agenda below. 

The 1st workshop since the adoption of the new eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 took place on 20 September 2016. This workshop presented the new plan and focus on animating its implementation, in particular its dynamic aspects.


From the workshop, which was jointly organised by the SEDEC Secretariat of the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission (DG CONNECT), it was demonstrated that the new eGovernment Action Plan is useful for all levels of administration - European, national, regional and local - and how stakeholders will be engaged in its future evolution.


The workshop brought together public administrations and leading engaged citizens and businesses from across Europe, to create ideas for action.


The workshop started with a presentation of the adopted eGovernment Action Plan and the opinion of the Committee of the Regions. Then it outlined how all administrations can contribute to and participate in the evolution of already-included actions and the definition of new actions, which is part of the dynamic nature of the Action Plan. Contributions from the Committee of the Regions and SEDEC representatives, as well as from guest speakers, included practical examples and use cases to facilitate cooperation between, for example, border regions, helping them deliver cross-border public services. 


To aid the delivery of better eGovernment services, the workshop also discussed ways in which infrastructure and common service building blocks can be shared - taking into account roles and responsibilities at European, national, regional and local level.


Specific topics that the meeting addressed included the availability of open data, how governments can pursue the transformation process, and how to involve citizens, businesses and public administrations in the co-creation of services.


In the afternoon session the workshop introduced the eGovernment4EU platform. Participants were invited to come up with real practical suggestions and proposals and to submit them to the Commission and the Member States by using the platform to interact with the community in the room and with those who have connected remotely via the platform. The suggestions and proposals will eventually be presented to the eGovernment Steering Board to possibly become new actions in the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020. 


Please take note of the FOLLOW-UP event on 15/11/2016 to assist in finding financial support for your eGovernment actions: 

Supporting the implementation of eGovernment at regional and local level 

More Information:

Expected Participants:

The meeting was being organised especially for representatives of European, national, regional and local public administrations.


State: Open




09:00- 10:00



10:00- 10:15

Opening and Welcome

Chair: Yoomi Renström (SEDEC Chair)

10:15- 10:40

eGovernment Action Plan 2016 -2020: principles, pillars, actions + Q/A

Andrea Halmos
EC CONNECT.H4 eGovernment & Trust


10:40- 11:00

CoR/SEDEC Committee opinion + Q/A

Martin Andreasson (CoR rapporteur on eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020)


11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break   


11:15 -12:00

What is done already in the Regions? 
- Shared infrastructure case studies from the Scottish Digital Transformation Service and update on the Scottish Digital Public Services Strategy, and the impact of the EU EGovernment Action Plan


- Cross-border public services case




- Engagement of citizens in service design or policy-making case





- Open Data and opinion on "Digitising European Industry"


Emma Gillies, Head of the Digital Transformation Service of the Scottish Government



José María Cruz, Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)



Tamas Erkelens, Program Manager Data Innovation;

Chief Technology Officer; City of Amsterdam



Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Council, Éire-Ireland


12:00 – 13:00

Discussion with participants: 
- What are the needs for regional and local Authorities in an EU context?
- How can citizens and businesses be engaged?

- What could the eGovernment Action Plan do for regional and local administrations?

Moderator (chair)+ all

13:00 – 14:00



14:00- 16:00

Participative sub-group discussions & hand-on session on Needs/Ideas/Actions and the eGovernment4EU platform


Jean-François Junger
Deputy-Head of Unit CONNECT.H4 eGovernment & Trust
and colleagues


Physical location
Committee of the Regions
(VMA Building)
Rue van Maerlant 2
B-1000 Brussels