How can national governments and the European Union support and promote the development of ICT and e-government in local authorities? This interesting and often overlooked issue affects all EU Member States. Developing good e-government services is within reach for large cities, but a nearly impossible task for small communities. The conference on December 14th , which the Flemish government will hold during the Belgian EU Presidency in 2010, will provide answers to this question.
The Flemish eGovernment coordination unit (CORVE) is tasked with developing and underspinning ICT-projects for an accessible, demand-driven, simplified and integrates public service. CORVE, provides its services to the Authorities of Flanders, provinces and municipalities. The Flemish eGovernment co-ordination unit's main activity is developing the back-office dimension of eGovernment. Against this background, it is tasked with co-ordinating and providing incentives, while creating a generic infrastructure to facilitate co-operation between the administrative entities at the various eGovernment administrative levels.
The first ever Ministerial eGovernment Conference was held 10 years ago. December’s Conference will be looking back at achievements of past European eGovernment efforts with a focus on the implementation of cross-border interoperability in practice.
FedICT, Belgium's Federal Government Service for Information and Communication Technology, functions as the administration for the Minister of Economy and Reform and is responsible for implementing the country’s e-government strategy. Established in 2001, it supports other departments and agencies in developing and implementing e-government projects. To reduce the time-to-market of e-government applications, Fedict has defined and implemented key technical building blocks. With applications such as the electronic identity card, Tax-on-Web and others, Belgium is among the world’s e-government leaders.