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Linking up eGovernment: Building a Digital Europe

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2008-06-20 12:10

UNU-MERIT and RAND Europe organise an interactive workshop on how existing eGovernment solutions can better be shared for European eGovernment. This workshop will highlight the need, potential and benefits of international collaboration. Workshop attendance is free of charge.

Source: Editor I&T Weekly, UNU-Merit

In many ways the single market in Europe is far from ‘single’, and its potential benefits are not exploited. One typical barrier to reaping the Internal market’s potential is directly caused by different public administrations in Member States. Lack of interoperability of administrative systems forms a major barrier to the mobility of goods, services, people and capital, and leads to significant transaction cost for all cross-border activity. This shortcoming thus maintains existing unnecessary administrative burdens and perpetuates a situation of unrealized potential economic growth.

Given the principle of subsidiarity and the fact that the MSs remain the key sovereign actors in the EU, administrative diversity is and will largely remain a fact of life. Differences in institutions, legislation and administration can to some extent be reduced through harmonization and standardisation in certain areas. However, this takes a lot of time, and is in many areas not feasible or even desirable.

Rather than trying to reduce institutional and administrative diversity as much as possible, we should try to reduce the costs related to this diversity. eGovernment offers unique possibilities to do so. Increasingly, public service provision is gaining a European dimension, through increased international interoperability and accessibility. The picture is not clear-cut, but the “Europeanisation” of public service provision is taking place in different forms and at different levels, through different mechanisms and pathways, by different actors, driven by a variety of motives and needs.

The Member States want and expect an active role of the Commission in this area, to structure, stimulate and improve existing developments. In this workshop the different pathways towards a European administrative sphere are identified and discussed in terms of drivers, barriers and actors, in order to identify points of leverage at which policy would be most effectively aimed.

Objectives of the workshop

  • gain further insight into processes of Europeanisation of eGovernment: the actors, pathways, and 'levers'
  • suggest ways to improve Europeanization of eGovernment, beyond good practice exchange; by e.g. linking up similar national services, developing joint services, centrally developing PEGS.
  • facilitate the exchange of ideas between case owners among themselves and with the COM policymakers in eGovernment
  • forging the PEGS Community
  • suggesting high potential and high impact services that could be developed at pan-European level.

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http://www.zeapartners.org/articles/linking-egov001