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Improving Transparency in Government Decision Making-what targets could be defined

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Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 6 November 2012

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In a nutshell:
With 2013 being the Year of the Citizen in the EU, both the Member States and the Institutions of the EU are faced with the critical question of how to gain citizens’ trust by improving the accountability of policy makers. The riddle of how to become more transparent, collaborative and participatory may be solved by putting forward the principle of "User Empowerment", the exchange of best practice cases, the establishment of common targets for transparency among Member States and with the promotion of a measurable system to evaluate those transparency targets. These actions should be designed to enhance citizen-administration relations and can be catalysts in establishing sound finances, good governance and overall fiscal integrity. Even though transparency is often viewed as crucial to government accountability, its measurement remains elusive. This can be by-passed by the exchange of experience and dissemination of information and knowledge among stakeholders, especially at the national level. Since no common European Transparency Objectives exist yet, the EU needs more input from Member States and supranational institutions, so as to understand exactly what data is needed and then be able to access the relevant data in a timely, accurate and reliable manner. This event intends to produce input for EU and Member State efforts to complete the eGovernment Action Plan's actions on improvement of transparency. In particular, the event emphasises on the ICT-enabled transparency targets/policies in Member States, the exchange of experiences on targets/policies and the examination of best practice cases from Member States. Furthermore, the event should discuss how to measure transparency and the potential impact of transparency policy measures on unleashing economic growth. Participation in the event by Member States sharing real life experiences is therefore of key importance.

Event Topics:
• How can we best measure transparency and its different forms?
• What are the key transparency-related policy measures that might unleash the EU’s potential economic growth?
• What is the role of technology and eGovernment applications as a means to improve transparency?
• What can we learn from Member States' experiences, e.g. what are good examples of how eGovernment improves transparency?
• Suggestions for common transparency targets.
• Barriers for establishing European (or EU-wide) Transparency Objectives.

This is an open event intended for MS, policy-makers and practitioners interested to contribute towards the improvement of transparency in government decision making at European, national and local levels and anyone interested in the area of public administrations as well as businesses and/or citizens who interact with them: eGovernment project implementers; stakeholders in FP6 and FP7 research projects; researchers; businesses; European Commission officers; ePractice members etc.

To register for this event, please create an ePractice account if you are not a current member. Subsequently, kindly login and once you are in this page, simply click on the yellow button on your right hand side that reads Participate in this event to activate your registration. ePractice members can simply login and click on the same page as described above.

Submission of summaries/PPT slides:
To be considered for a speaker placement for this event, kindly submit a summary of one page and three PPT slides of your intended presentation to vassilia.orfanou@eurodyn.com with a cc to events@eurodyn.com. Regarding your summary, please download and complete the "Proposal form". Final presentations should not exceed 6 power point slides and should be concise and factual.

A few selected speakers will set the scene with a 15 minute presentation and the rest of the programme will be dedicated to roundtable discussions and networking purposes.

Deadlines to remember:
~Submission of summaries/ presentations: 23 October 2012
~Speaker confirmation: 31 October 2012
~Submission of final presentations: 2 November 2012 
~Event date: 6 November 2012
~Publication of workshop proceedings: Beginning of December 2012


TimeImproving Transparency in Government Decision Making - what targets could be defined
Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 1160, Brussels, Room: BU25-S1
Tuesday 6 November 2012
09:00 – 09:45Registration
09:45 - 10:00Introduction & Welcome by the European Commission
Mechthild Rohen, Head of Unit in H3 Public Services (DG CONNECT)
10:00 - 10:15Better EU websites – Key to EU Open Governance
Jana Mittermaier, Transparency International EU Offices
10:15 - 10:30Measuring transparency in the Italian Public Administration: the Barometer of Transparency
Laura Manconi and Mariarosaria Russo, Formez PA, Italy
10:30 - 10:45Coffee break & Networking
10:45 - 11:00IT-supported procedure for drafting legislation (ITDL)
Andraž Pernar, Ministry of Public Administration, Slovenia
11:00 - 11:15Transparency in an actual Open Government:
the Basque experience

Alberto Ortiz de Zarate, Basque Government, Spain
11:15 - 11:30Central Repository of Contracts
Branislav Vilagi, Government Office of the Slovak Republic, Slovakia
11:30 - 12:00Q & A - Debate
12:00 - 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:15Knowledge Café & Presentation of results
14:15 - 14:30Electronic Public Records
Geir-Leo Sedler, Ministry of Government and Administration Reform, Norway
14:30 - 14:45The MOSIPS system, a simulation tool to improve the policy-making process and the transparency in the governments
Tomás Mancha and Juan Luis Santos, University of Alcalá, MOSIPS project, Spain
14:45 - 15:00Measurement of transparency in the eGovernment Benchmark
Niels Van der Linden, Capgemini Consulting, Netherlands
15:00 - 15:15Coffee break & Networking
15:15 - 15:30Government Transparency and Open Data in the UK:
Lessons Learned

Andrew Stott, UK Transparency Board
15:30 - 16:00Q & A - Debate
16:00 - 16:30Concluding remarks by the European Commission & Networking

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Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 1160, Brussels, Meeting room BU25/S1
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