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Ministerial eGovernment Conference

Competitiveness Council (COMPET)

#eu2017ee #eGov17

Ministerial eGovernment Conference

Leading eGovernance experts, decision makers, donors, and civil society groups meet in Tallinn to discuss how to transfer e-governance knowledge and expertise between countries.

eGovernment can spur innovation and growth throughout the economy by offering a lead market and platform for private services, while also reducing red tape and bureaucracy. Digital solutions can greatly contribute to improving people's trust in governments and making lives easier and more productive for all Europeans. In our view, breaking down barriers is one of the pillars of the free movement of data, especially cross-border barriers to access and reusing data that lies in the hands of public sector.

Although eGovernment has been among the more important European policy topics for more than 15 years, progress has been too slow to match the speed and size of the challenge, as well as the actual potential of our governments. Indicators, such as the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report that there is also significant variation in eGovernment performance across European countries, not to mention lags in digital implementation at the EU level.

It is for these reasons, that we wish to convene the European ministers responsible for eGovernment in Tallinn to sign a joint Tallinn eGovernment declaration (the Tallinn Declaration) to reinvigorate Europe's efforts in this area. We intend to agree upon a road map for the next steps in eGovernment at both the national and EU levels.

Tallinn declaration

The conference will feature high-level discussions about the advantages and influence of eGovernment, as well as its challenges through the use of best practices and practical examples from public and private sector organisations.

Estonia has been building a digital government and society for 20 years now and has reaped immense benefits from it. Digitalisation has increased efficiency in the economy, the capability of the public sector, growth dividends in the ICT sector, and much more. Our country is often referred to as e-Estonia since many everyday tasks can be carried out digitally, in the public sector and beyond. Additionally, these days, Estonian digital services are attracting users from around the world through our groundbreaking e-residency programme.

There will be a live stream of the event. Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

The Ministerial eGovernment Conference will take place in the framework of the EU structural funds support scheme: Raising Public Awareness about the Information Society, and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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  • Pellegrino Riccardi (Cross-Cultural Expert; Motivational speaker)
  • Paul Adamson (Founder & Editor, E!Sharp)


Delegate registration opens. Welcome coffee


Parallel sessions I

PS 1: Technology for borderless government
We will explore cases of useful technological solutions and initiatives that allow for better connections and interoperability across country borders.

PS 2: Information operations and fake news in the Digital Age
We will explore techniques, initiatives and tech solutions to better engage the evermore digital populations, while also countering fake news and information operations.

  • Fake news and why it has become important (PDF, 2,4MB) - Anni Hellman (Deputy Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media, DG CONNECT, European Commission)
  • The role of Google / social media in helping stop the spread of fake news - Marco Pancini (Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google)
  • Fighting Fake News: Trolls and troublemakers (PDF, 12.34 MB) - Colonel Aivar Jaeski  (former Deputy Director, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence)


Coffee break


Parallel sessions II

PS 3: Policy frameworks for borderless government
We will explore the latest research and policy initiatives, on both the country and EU levels, on how to enable better connections and interoperability across country borders.

PS 4: Gov Tech Industry Innovation
We will explore the potential and status of govtech in Europe, while also hearing out the pitches of the finalists from the eGov Challenge Competition of the Creative Business Cup.

  • Governments facing the digital revolution - Kaja Kallas (Member of the European Parliament, Patron to Creative Business Cup Estonia)
  • Pitches of finalists from the eGov Challenge Competition of the Creative Business Cup
  • Can Europe Build a GovTech Unicorn (PDF, 1.68 MB) - Daniel Korski (Co-Founder and CEO of Public)


Press conference


Lunch and exhibition


Plenary 1 – Welcome and opening of the conference


  • Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Andrus Ansip, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia


Plenary 2 – Next steps on eGov in Europe: building from the Tallinn declaration

Policy panel for reflections on the declaration and the low-hanging fruits in the eGov area, including the view of local authorities and the private sector.

Moderated by Paul Hofheinz (President & Co-Founder, The Lisbon Council)

  • Reinhard Posch (Government CIO of Austria)
  • Markku Markkula (First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions)
  • Sabine Verheyen (Member of the European Parliament)
  • David Osimo (Director of research, The Lisbon Council), presentation (PDF, 425.43 KB)


Coffee break


eGov Challenge Competition of the Creative Business Cup award ceremony

  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning (Founder and Managing Director, Creative Business Cup)
  • Urve Palo (Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia) 


Plenary 3 – Future of eGovernment: Technology trends

Predictive Government and Blockchain Technology: combining human and machine data to improve government services


Plenary 4 – Global view on eGovernment

Views from global frontrunners: good practices and examples from eGov successes
and strategies outside the EU.


Conference conclusions by the moderator and Urve Palo (Minister for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia)


Goodbye coffee and networking


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Emilie Toomela

Emilie Toomela

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Spokesperson


Enel Teinemaa

Enel Teinemaa

Orangetime Event OÜ / Project manager

enel@orangetime.ee +372 56461089

Katrin Hänni

Katrin Hänni

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Head Specialist

+372 6397604 katrin.hanni@mkm.ee

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