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Supporting the implementation of eGovernment at regional and local level

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Published on: 12/10/2016

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The workshop report as well as presentations held can be found below.

To help regional and local public administrations implement the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, a seminar was organised in Brussels, Belgium, on 15 November 2016.

The seminar presented the various funding mechanisms available for actions and discussed how to ensure alignment of these investments with the main priorities of the eGovernment Action Plan.

The one-day event was organised by the European Commission (DG CONNECT); it assisted both the EU funds management community and implementers in regional and local public administrations with ideas and tools on how to ensure coherent and effective investments towards the same policy goals in order to increase the impact of support and contribute to the envisaged acceleration of the digital transformation of governments in the EU.

One of the expected results of the day was a guidance document including a wealth of links and introductions to funding mechanisms as well as a simple tool that administrations could use to assess if their planned investment is in line with the principles and priorities in the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.

The eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 defines a long-term vision for open, efficient and inclusive public administrations. It envisages user-friendly digital public services for all citizens and businesses in the European Union. The Action Plan does not have a dedicated budget or funding instrument, however, it aims to coordinate public sector modernisation efforts, funding resources and accompanying measures available to the Member States through EU Programmes. Examples include the:

The morning session provided an introduction to the various funding schemes, while the afternoon was destined at exchanging experience in a panel and discuss specific issues in small groups.

The seminar was organised for representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, regional and local public administrations and managing authorities.


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Supporting the implementation of eGovernment at regional and local level


15/11/2016, Brussels, Rue Van Maerlant 2 - Room VM 2



9:30 – 9:45

Welcome and introduction to the eGovernment policy priorities



·         Welcome (DG CONNECT, H4)

·         eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 (DG CONNECT, H4 Andrea Halmos)


9:45 – 11:20

Session 1 – EU funds for eGovernment & concrete use cases in local and regional administrations


·         Presentation of the CEF DSIs (DG DIGIT, B4 Joao Rodrigues Fade) 


·         Presentation of ISA² and JoinUp (DG DIGIT, B6 Szabolcs Szekacs) 





·         Presentation of the European Regional Development Fund - Thematic Objective 2 'Enhancing access to, and use and quality of ICT, including eGovernment' & Smart Specialisation (DG REGIO G1, Katja Reppel) 

·         Presentation of Interreg A - Cross-border cooperation (DG REGIO D2, Nathalie Verschelde) 


·         The Urban Agenda; Urban Innovative Actions 'Digital Transition'; ESIF for cities and URBACT (DG REGIO H1, Olivier Baudelet)




·         Presentation European Social Fund - Thematic Objective 11 'Institutional capacity , including the efficiency of public administrations and public services' (DG EMPL F1, Mina Shoylekova) 

·         Q&A

11:20 – 11: 40

Coffee break

11:40 – 12:35


Session 2 – EU funds for eGovernment & concrete use cases in local and regional administrations

·         Presentation of H2020, Societal Challenge 6 (REA B3, Bart Neerscholten) 


·         Presentation of European Capital of Innovation Award and Observatory of Public Sector Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Platform (DG RTD B1, Samy Bettiche) 


·         Presentation of EU Justice Programme (DG JUST, B4 Alexander Ivantchev) 

·         Q&A

12:35 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:00

Session 3 - Ensuring coherence with EU eGovernment priorities (Panel discussion)


·         European Parliament study on 'Public sector reform and how the EU budget is used to encourage reform in this regard' (Jacques Delors Institute) 


·         Toolbox for Quality public administrations; an integrated approach to TO2 and TO11 (DG EMPL F1, Mina Shoylekova) 


·         ICT Innovation Vouchers Scheme for Regions and INNOVOUCHER


·         Seal of Excellence initiative, linking up H2020 and ESIF local funding (DG RTD B5, Magda De Carli) 


·         Di@vgeia (ESIF) and “Your Data Stories” (Horizon2020) project as an example of synergy between funds (Anna Triantafillou, Deputy Head, Innovation Lab)

15:00 – 15: 20

Coffee break

15:20 – 16:50

Session 4 – Working towards a guidance document for eGovernment funds managers and implementers


Participatory discussion in small groups - 'World Café') (DG CONENCT H4)


Harvesting ideas in view of developing a skeleton for a guidance document

16:50 – 17:00

Conclusions of the day (DG CONNECT, H4, Jean-Francois Junger)


Physical location
Rue Van Maerlant 2 - Room VM 2
1040 - Brussels