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e-Partnership Conference: Trust in e-governance in Eastern Partnership countries


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e-Partnership Conference

The e-partnership conference focuses on how the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries use information and communications technology to promote the transparency of government processes and ensure the safety and security of the cyberspace.

The conference aims to showcase the positive results that have already been achieved in EU Eastern Partnership countries in developing e-governance. It also provides an opportunity to evaluate the current situation in the region, and look at the way forward, on the basis of a Situation Review, compiled in close cooperation with all six partner countries. The review is available in September 2017 and concentrates on two distinct areas: safety and security of the cyberspace and e-democracy.

At the conference, based on the summarised findings of this review, experts and policy makers from EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries debate issues related to the safety and security of the cyberspace and e-democracy. The conference includes a presentation on best practices and a chance to exchange ideas for improvement. Policy recommendations are also to be made during the conference for the increased safety and security of cyberspace and improved e-democracy.

Please refer to the draft agenda below. 

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.



Arrival, registration, coffee


Hannes Astok, e-Governance Academy Director for Development and Strategy


Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia 


Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Estonia


Coffee break / Interview opportunities

Opportunity for press interviews with opening session speakers and situation review authors.

Session 1 – Safety and security of cyberspace


Remarks by the heads of delegations

  • Elmir Velizadeh  Deputy Minister for Communications and High Technologies, Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Giorgi Cherkezishvili, Deputy Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia
  • Dmitry Shedko, First Deputy Minister for Communications and Informatisation, Belarus


Situation Review 2017 results in focus Area 1: Cybersecurity

Raul Rikk, Programme Director of National Cyber Security, e-Governance Academy


 Case study 1 – What is behind Georgia’s rapid rise in the ITU cybersecurity index?

Nata Goderdzishvili, Head of Legal Division, Data Exchange Agency, Georgia


Panel 1 – What should governments do to ensure the reliability of cyberspace?


  • Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister for Information Technology and Communications, Moldova
  • Nata Goderdzishvili, Head of Legal Division, Data Exchange Agency, Georgia
  • Raul Rikk, Head of National Cyber Security Domain, e-Governance Academy (eGA)
  • Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Chief Consultant of the Legal Department, Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Vlad Semenov, Researcher, Research Institute for Applied Problems of Mathematics and Informatics, Belarus

Moderator: Luc Dandurand – Former Head of ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division, International Telecommunication Union



Session 2 – e-Democracy


Remarks by ministers

  • Boris Demirkhanyan, Deputy Minister for Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia
  • Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister for Information Technology and Communications, Moldova


2017 Situation Review of Eastern Partnership Countries - introduction and key findings on the transparency of government processes

  • Kristina Reinsalu, Programme Director of e-Democracy, e-Governance Academy


Case study #2 – ProZorro Public e-procurement system, Ukraine

Ievgen Bilyk, Project Manager, Transparency International, Ukraine


Panel #2 What are the potential benefits of ICT for government and society at large?


  • Tetiana Syvolapenko, Head of Department, State Agency for Electronic Governance, Ukraine
  • Veronica Cretu, President of the Open Government Institute, Moldova
  • Teona Turashvili, E-Governance Direction Lead, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Georgia
  • Marina Mkhitaryan, Programme Lead, Kolba Innovations Labs, Armenia

Moderator: Christine Leitner – Senior Advisor, Centre for Economics and Public Administration, UK, Supervisory Board Member of the e-Governance Academy


Coffee break

Session #3 – Wrap-up


Presentation of Policy Recommendations for EU Eastern Partnership countries

 Hannes Astok, Director for Development and Strategy – e-Governance Academy


    Statements by Rapporteurs

    e-Democracy focus area

    • Christine Leitner, Senior Advisor, Centre for Economics and Public Administration, UK, Supervisory Board member of e-Governance Academy

    Safety and Security of the Cyberspace focus area

    • Luc Dandurand, Head of Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Division, International Telecommunication Union


    Closing Statements

    • Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
    • Vivian Loonela, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip
    • Jaan Reinhold, Director, Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership


    Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

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




    Triinu Raigna

    e-Governance Academy / Project Manager

    +372 5144724 triinu.raigna@ega.ee

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