Name of the project: eCitizen II – Towards Citizen-centered eGovernment in European Cities and Regions
Duration: 01/2010 – 12/2012
Funding: Interreg IVC
EPMA’s role: EPMA experts participated in project realization
The cooperation is designed to support European cities and regions in their joint efforts to accelerate eGovernment through exploiting established networks, gained experiences and good practices to improve interaction between citizens and public authorities, better involving citizens in local decision-making and contributing to change in operational culture and attitudes within public administrations.
As a follow-up project, eCitizen II brings added-value to interregional eGovernment cooperation focusing on sharing the accumulated knowledge, experiences, best practices, and transferring them between the more advanced and less experienced cities and regions throughout Europe. This cooperation aims at stimulating new approaches and understanding in city and regional administrations of engaging with citizens and developing citizen-centred eServices. The project will involve decision- and policy-makers, demonstrate benefits of the eGovernment and the best eParticipation practices in different public sectors and identify future prospects to ensure support to further acceleration of eGovernment.
- eGovernment development and utilization of good practices of eParticipation is accelerated in European cities and regional administrations.
- Good practices on citizen-centred eGovernment and eParticipation tools are transferred between advanced and less experienced project partners and utilized in developing local action plans.
- Capacities, knowledge, management skills and understanding of local decision- and policy-makers, officials and experts to develop local eParticipation tools based on the experiences and good practices acquired in European cities and regions will be improved.
- Awareness of experiences, knowledge and good practices on eParticipation and futures trends among partner cities and regions and Europe wide will be enhanced.
- Interregional cooperation and networking between European cities and regions on eGovernment will be strengthened.
- As a key concrete output of the project, a Pan-European Best Practice Manual on eParticipation with recommendations for local and regional administrations is created and published as an online Internet tool.
The Baltic Institute, Finland (Lead Partner)
City of Tampere, Finland
Tartu City Government, Estonia
Odense Municipality, Denmark
Province of Flevoland, Netherlands
Municipality of Bologna, Italy
Patras Municipal Enterprise for Planning and Development S.A., Greece
Vysocina region, Czech Republic
Municipality of Miskolc, Hungary
The Association of Basque Municipalities, EUDEL, Spain
Kerry County Council, Ireland