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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Government of things (GiOT) Virtual Government - Dominic Eskofier (Co-Founder of EUVR.org, European VR association and VR Manager, NVIDIA Corporation)
- Infrachain – Paving the way for Blockchain applications (PDF, 913.17 KB) - Patrick Houtsch (Deputy Director, Government IT centre of Luxembourg)
- X-road and other possibilities of cross-border collaboration on common IT solutions (PDF, 1004.65 KB) - Jani Ruuskanen (Coordinating project manager, Population Register Centre, Finland)
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)
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.
- TOOP preliminary outcomes: Once-Only, the possibility of cross-border potential (PDF, 1.04 MB) - Robert Krimmer (Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance)
- Single Digital Gateway (PDF, 2.93 MB) - Hubert Gambs (Director of Modernisation of the Single Market, European Commission)
- Data Driven Nation and Tools (PDF, 40.34 MB) - Edmunds Beļskis (Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia)
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)
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)
eGov Challenge Competition of the Creative Business Cup award ceremony
Plenary 3 – Future of eGovernment: Technology trends
Predictive Government and Blockchain Technology: combining human and machine data to improve government services
- AI and the Future of Government – Adrian Brown (Executive Director, Centre for Public Impact)
- Personalised services and ethics in a Smart City (PDF, 3.98 MB) – Willem Koeman (Business Connector, Amsterdam Economic Board)
- Transforming land registry through blockchain application (PDF, 838.42 KB) – Anna Eriksson (CIO & Director of Development, Lantmäteriet (Swedish National Land Survey))
Plenary 4 – Global view on eGovernment
Views from global frontrunners: good practices and examples from eGov successes
and strategies outside the EU.
- Digital Transformation of the Public Sector in OECD countries: the Shift from eGovernment to Digital Government (PDF, 9.767 MB) – Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi (Digital Government lead, OECD)
- Digital Government in Uruguay and the Latin American region (PDF, 4.92 MB) – José Clastornik (Director, Agency for Electronic Government and Information Society, Uruguay)
- eGovernment Trends in Asia (PDF, 3.98 MB) – Joshua Chambers (Founder, GovInsider)
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