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Call for applications for the 4th European eGovernment Awards
to demonstrate good practices in the European Union Member States,
EFTA and Candidate Countries
- Objectives of the call
- Who can apply?
- Eligibility criteria
- Dates and deadlines to remember
- Awards categories
- Evaluation criteria
- Selection process
- How to apply?
- General requirements
- Important note
The European Commission will present the 4th edition of the prestigious European eGovernment Awards at the 5th EU eGovernment Conference in November 2009. Since their launch in 2003, outstanding practices on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in various European public sector organisations have been awarded.
The solutions presented and experiences shared in the previous editions of these awards have inspired many others and contributed to the implementation of European eGovernment strategies and action plans. The European eGovernment Awards are organised every two years, coinciding with regular policy reviews undertaken at high-level EU eGovernment conferences.
The very purpose of these awards is to support the implementation of European eGovernment policy and action plans within the wider framework of Information Society policies and strategies (i2010) and the overall objectives of the Lisbon agenda to promote growth and jobs in the European Union. In this context, the awards play a major role in the European Commissionâ€™s good practice exchange initiative in the field of eGovernment.
The forthcoming Swedish Presidency of the EU and the European Commission will jointly organise the 5th European Ministerial Conference on eGovernment in MalmÃ¶, Sweden, from 19-20 November 2009.
As in the past four events held since 2001, the conference will bring together European commissioners, ministers and politicians responsible for eGovernment in Europe as well as directors, senior managers and practitioners from public administrations, the ICT industry, academia, and NGOs. They will all look towards the immediate future of European eGovernment policy, programmes and actions. More specifically, the conference will address the role of ICT in the public sector to improve the functioning of the single market, reinforce empowerment of citizens and businesses and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public administrations.
The Exhibition at the conference will showcase good practices from across the EU Member States, EFTA and Candidate Countries to underpin progress made in implementing policy objectives. In all, 52 cases will be selected as Finalists for the European eGovernment Awards 2009 and invited to take part in the exhibition. Their contribution will be vital to the success of the conference, demonstrating achievements at the grass-roots level since the last review in 2007 and pointing to innovations and emerging challenges for which cooperation should be encouraged at the European level.
In addition, the most innovative cases with the closest scores to those of the selected Finalists will receive a Good Practice Label at www.epractice.eu.
All public administrations (national, regional, local, etc.) from EU Member States, EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and Candidate Countries (Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey) that deliver eGovernment services and solutions can apply. Applications must be in current use and supported by a public sector actor. See also eligibility criteria below.
The names of all applicants will be published on epractice.eu once the call is closed.
Only eligible entries will be evaluated. There are five eligibility criteria:
* Please note that in order to be considered for the short-list of finalists, and therefore to be eligible for the final selection of five Award Winners, a case must be represented by the public sector actor (first applicant) at the Exhibition. A formal commitment is required in the submission form.
Call for applicationsÂ
April 2009 - Online submission available.
21 April 2009 - Information Day, BrusselsÂ (agenda and presentations available)
10 June 2009 - Close of call (16:00 hrs CET)
Mid-August 2009 - Notification of results/invitation of Finalists to Exhibition
5th European Ministerial eGovernment Conference 2009
18 November 2009 - Exhibition set up and final selection of Winners (â€œJudgingâ€ in categories 1-3)
19-20 November 2009 - Conference and Exhibition in MalmÃ¶, Sweden
19 November 2009 - Awards ceremony
Please note that the workshop with Finalists of the European eGovernment Awards 2009 will take place after the Conference to evaluate the impact of the awards and to provide another opportunity to recognise and share excellence and experiences (date and details will be announced in due course).
In line with the European Unionâ€™s strategic policy framework and the objectives of the Conference, there are four categories for this yearâ€™s awards:
Two prizes will be awarded in this category to identify the most outstanding practices in end user empowerment - a key issue taking into account the economic slow-down, and the need of creating opportunities and jobs in a knowledge-based society:
Please note that your case will only be evaluated in your chosen category (sub-category).
All eligible applications (â€œcasesâ€) in categories 1-3 will be assessed exclusively on the basis of the information provided by the case owner(s) according to the six evaluation criteria below. Scores are weighted according to their relevance. The total maximum score that can be achieved is 100.
1. Relevance (10 points)
How would you describe the relevance of your case in the light of the above overall objectives of the Awards and the specific policy context?
2. Impact (25 points)
What are the main results, impact and benefits (qualitative and quantitative) for all stakeholders involved (including public administration)?
3. Innovation (25 points)
To what extent does your case go beyond current practice in the field?
4. Potential for sharing good practice (20 points)
What and how could others learn from your experience?
5. Management approach (10 points)
What are the key components and success factors of your management approach?
6. Communication and dissemination (10 points)
What are the key components of your communication and approach?
A panel of independent experts will evaluate the applications in categories 1-3 in order to select 52 Finalists (short-listed cases).
Experts will be drawn from across Europe from a variety of backgrounds to ensure the widest possible coverage in terms of specialist knowledge and geographical balance. The cases will be made publicly available. However, experts are bound to confidentiality rules regarding their analyses.
To ensure the highest standards and complete impartiality, following a first eligibility screening each application will be evaluated by a variety of independent experts throughout three different and subsequent phases:
The five winners, i.e. the top ranked cases of each (sub)category and the prize for which voting is open to the public will be announced at the 5th Ministerial Conference on eGovernment in MalmÃ¶ on 19 November 2009.
Please note that in order to be eligible for the final selection of the Winners of the European eGovernment Awards Finalists are required to participate in the Exhibition at the Conference in MalmÃ¶ from 18 November (for the setting up of the Exhibition and the last Evaluation Phase) to 20 November 2009.
In addition, Finalists will be invited to attend the Workshop for Finalists on a voluntary basis.
You can file your application for the 4th European eGovernment Awards using the submission formÂ on the ePractice.eu portal. To submit a case to the awards, you need to be registered on the ePractice.eu portal. If you are already registered, you can use your normal login. If you are not yet a member on ePractice.eu, please register by clicking the â€œRegisterâ€ button in the upper right-hand corner of the portal.
A list of all registered cases will be published on the website after the closure of the call.
The entry also serves as your submission to the good practice portal www.epractice.eu.
Applications should be submitted in English. All sections of the submission form have to be filled in for your submission to be eligible.
You should carefully read the Guidance Notes for Submission to ensure that your answers cover all aspects of your case to be considered by the expert.
Please ensure that you print and keep a hard copy of the electronic confirmation of your submission.
Please save an electronic copy of your submission.
If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail with a registration number, please contact the Awards Helpdesk for clarification, as your submission may not have been processed.
A list of all registered cases will be published on the website after the closure of the call. Receipt of a registration number does not confirm the eligibility of your case.
Disclaimer: By submitting the case you agree to make it available on a publicly accessible database on good practice in eGovernment. All the information submitted will be regarded as public information, a selection of which may be put into the public domain online or otherwise from the time it is submitted. However, in terms of copyrights, the cases are owned by the submitting organisation and therefore are not free to be used, modified or deleted, although they will be published in the public domain.
The Awards are managed by the European eGovernment Awards Consortium on behalf of the European Commission.
|CEPA - Center for European Public Administration, Danube University, Krems (AT)|
DTI - Danish Technological Institute, Ã…rhus/Copenhagen (DK)
P.A.U. Education, Barcelona (ES)
RSO S.p.A., Rome (IT)