eGovernment Beyond 2005 - Modern and Innovative Public Administrations in the 2010 Horizonnt

CoBrA museum of Modern Art


This document summarises the recommendations put forward by the eGovernment subgroup of leaders or representatives of the national eGovernment initiatives to the eEurope Advisory Group following the meeting hosted by the Dutch Presidency last 27-28 September 2004 in Amsterdam at the CoBrA museum and two previous meetings in Brussels and Dublin.

The recommendations are referred to as the “CoBrA recommendations” for eGovernment beyond 2005 as the CoBrA museum of modern art has provided the ideal “inspirational” frame.

The headlines of these recommendations follow:

  • General
    1. Citizens and businesses are to be fully in the centre
    2. Modern and innovative public administrations are essential to realise the Lisbongoals
    3. eGovernment is the way forward and a catalyst for innovation, and should nowdeliver on its promise
    4. The focus is to move from readiness to impact and transformation.
    5. eGovernment is at least as much about people, organisation, institutions as it isabout technology.
    6. Now is the time to start defining targets for eGovernment 2006 to 2010.
    7. To stay globally competitive and keep Europe attractive as a place to live, work andinvest
    8. Europe is well placed to achieve world-class public administrations
  • Policy cooperation and coordination
    1. Achieve flexible interoperation, respecting diversity
    2. Commitment to concrete agenda for pan-European services, interoperability, identification & authentication
    3. eGovernment for better evidence-based policymaking
    4. eGovernment to enter into sectoral policies and pursuing consistent ICTimplementation related to EU Directives
    5. Reduce burden for citizens/companies by cooperation and by once-only data provision (respecting privacy, citizen rights, and democratic control)
    6. Concrete and common measurement framework
  • Implementation cooperation and coordination
    1. Pro-active wide diffusion of good practices, supporting effective transfer, mechanisms to capture knowledge and involve a wide community of actors
    2. Shared European resource of building blocks
    3. Joint action for pan-European services
    4. Strengthen local and regional implementation
    5. Coherent strategy for EU support, aligning programmes
  • Transformation
    1. Assess role of governments to deliver public value
    2. Requires top-level political and administrative leadership, across all of the administration and functions
    3. Use EU instruments to enable and sustain transformation
    4. Innovation framework
    5. Skills training of civil servants
  • Financing
    1. Common metrics on benefits
    2. Good practices of public value
    3. Good practices of sustainable change and transformation - ‘business case’
    4. Clarify and ease access to EU and other financing
    5. Modernisation and innovation of public administrations strategic in Financial Perspectives