The European e-Government Awards 2007

May 25th, 2007

European e-Government Awards 2007Until June 11, 2007 the public administration institutions which provide electronic services may register in the European eGovernment Awards 2007 for winning an Excellency award in the field.

Participating in this contest offers the applicants multiple opportunities such as: participation in a thematic network, growth of visibility, dissemination of the experience and knowledge acquired, and especially the possibility to obtain the Good Practice Label for the cases developed. Moreover, the finalists may exhibit their cases at the Ministerial Conference in Lisbon and they will have the chance to gain 1 of the 5 eGovernment Awards 2007 offered on this occasion. The Portuguese Presidency will finance the travelling cost to Lisbon for all finalists.

The evaluation criteria considered for selecting the finalists are: evidence of impact, evidence of, or potential for sharing good practice, understanding of multi-channel aspects, innovation and management efficiency, overall impression and communications capacity.

This year the participants may submit implemented projects or already in deployment for one of the five categories established:

Better public services for growth and jobs The online public services that directly contribute to the economic growth and jobs creation strategy of the European Union.

Participation and transparency Interactive initiatives that empower citizens and the business to influence the open government, the policy-making and the way the public administrations operate and deliver services.

Social impact and cohesion The public services initiatives contribute to the improvement of the social environment and to the social cohesion. The services may be local, national or European and user oriented, inclusive and interoperable.

Effective and efficient administration Innovation and the reorganisation of services and processes which make administrations more efficient and effective and reduce administrative burden.

The most inspiring good practice initiatives that provide creative solutions to common challenges and inspire others. For this prize there will be a public vote. All those who register with the Good Practice Portal (www.epractice.eu) by September 1, 2007 can vote and post comments (until September 15, 2007 at 12:00 CET).

The administrative, central or local public institutions willing to register in the contest will send their cases via the European Portal for exchange of good practices www.epractice.eu. This portal is a service for the professional community in the field of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth and it will be a platform for relevant and current discussions, for advice and news that will contribute to economic growth and to creating new jobs in Europe.

The competition is open only for the public administration. Therefore, as far as the public-private partnerships are concerned the applications will be submitted only by the public institution and not by the private company.

Source: MCTI

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