eGovernment in the EU: Making Malmo Real: Keynote by Minister Geert Bourgeois

14 Sep 2011 18:00
14 Sep 2011 20:00

The Citadel Statement

Keynote speech by Minister Geert Bourgeois

Vice-minister-president of the Flemish Government
Flemish Minister for Administrative Affairs, Home Affairs, Integration, Tourism and the "Vlaamse Rand".

The Lecture Series

The lecture series will raise a number of timely and pertinent issues relating to the adoption of eGovernment at the local, European and international levels. The aim is to develop interest and attention in the European policy debates on eGovernment, to promote, further formalise and develop the Citadel Statement, and to bring together the relevant academic and policy debates in the context of the EU Ministerial Conference on eGovernment, which will take plance in Poznan, Poland in November 2011.

Lectures will touch upon problems of governing effectively, in a world which looks more towards managerial approaches to politics. Emphasis will be given to the need to define new ways of determining the 'performance' of public administrations, and understand how to link research and policy, not only in the ‘technological’ sense, but also in terms of getting to grips with the societal context in which public administrations now find themselves. This has been shifting due to a large number of influences, including the growth in NGOs, financial crises, developments in ICT in general, and the impact that all of this has not only on service delivery but also on engagement and policy formulation.

Several of the lectures take some of the key ‘building-block’ policy areas in recent EU-level policies, and critically examine different aspects of these. Implementation of these policies at local level is a key input into achieving policy objectives and thus the discussion will revolve around 'efficiency and effectiveness'. It will examine the role of post-NPM approaches in understanding and applying public administration reforms in EU states; secondly, a lecture will examine the importance of interoperability, looking specifically at the role of global standards bodies in European, national and sub-national policy for eGovernment.

After the Ministerial Conference in Poznan in November, there will be a chance to reflect upon the outcomes from Poznan and the impact on local government and European policy and action. Given the current context of the European eGovernment policy debate, it is envisaged that ‘collaboration’ will provide a topic that will be highly discussed during the Ministerial Conference. Thus, the final two lectures will be focused on this issue. To wrap up the lecture series, a closing keynote speech will be given on the topic of ‘mutual learning’, which should dovetail with some of the experiences of the lecture series itself.

Click here to see the full programme of the lecture series.

All lectures will be conducted in English. The lecture series is free and open to all, but registration is required for organizational purposes.

This lecture series is organised in cooperation with the Citadel Statement Group.


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