ECITIZEN II PROJECT NEWSLETTER No 2 S

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ECITIZEN II PROJECT NEWSLETTER No 2 S
ECITIZEN II PROJECT NEWSLETTER No 2
DECEMBER 2011
Dear Reader,
Welcome to eCitizenII project newsletter No. 2!
In the newsletters we will share with you news, updates
and other valuable information about the project,
developing and enhancing e-democracy and eparticipation in the European regions and cities.
The project is funded by the Interreg IVC programme.
In this newsletter:
The eCitizen II project outcome Vas Nazor
portal is awarded!
The project partner Vysocina region get 3rd prize in
Czech Republic national e-government contest for the
Vas Nazor portal.
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Project website
http://www.baltic.org/p
rojects/ecitizen_ii
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Project workshops
2012
Bologna
Italy
5-8 March 2012
Kerry County
Ireland
28-31 May 2012
Miskolc
Hungary
September 2012
Final seminar
Brussels
Belgium
October 2012
eCitizenII project held successful workshops:
Prague and Jihlava, March 2011
Tartu, Estonia, June 2011
Amsterdam and Almere, The Netherlands,
September 2011
• Odense, Denmark, November 2011
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Ø Website for online manual is new shape
www.eparticipation.eu
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eCitizenII project participated in the Interreg
IVC fair in Krakow, Poland in November 2011
The eCitizen II project will last from 2010 to 2012 and the
partners of the project are from 10 European countries:
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Bologna, Italy
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EUDEL, Basque country, Spain
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Flevoland, The Netherlands
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Kerry County, Ireland
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Miskolc, Hungary
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Odense, Denmark
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Patras, Greece
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Tampere, Finland
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Tartu, Estonia
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Vysocina, Czech Republic
The lead partner of the project is Baltic Institute of Finland.
The eCitizen II project outcome, portal Vas Nazor is awarded!
The project partner Vysocina region get 3rd
prize in Czech Republic 2011 national egovernment contest for the Vas Nazor portal
www.vas-nazor.cz .
On-line participation tool Vas Nazor (Your
Opinion)
is tool for on-line democracy
development. It allows citizens to participate
online in the decision preparation process of
the local elected bodies. Developed on-line
solution provides sophisticated tools for the
local elected body (municipality) to present
background and most recent information
about the topic, allows citizens to register as
users and provide their opinion about the
topic (decision) under public discussion. The
toolkit also includes training and awareness
raising methodology for municipalities,
introducing Vas Nazor.
The on-line participation tool Vas Nazor was
opened 1st July 2011 and by the end of
2011 introduced in 7 municipalities of
Vysocina region, Czech Republic. As next
step, from the beginning of 2012 it will be
introduced
also
in
several
additional
municipalities. Vas Nazor is based on the
experience of Valma on-line participation
tool www.tampere.fi/valma from Tampere,
Finland and is direct result of knowledge and
experience transfer between two project
partners. Valma tool was developed in the
frames of EU funded project eCitizen.
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Mr. Kamil Talavasek from Vysocina
regional government (right) at the
award ceremony in Pargue, Czech
Republic, November 2011.
Project seminar and study in Prague and Jihlava, Czech Republic,
22-24 March 2011
The three day seminar, organized by project partner the Vysocina region, Czech
Republic, was targeting the project partners to discuss the next subject, related to eparticipation: Organizational requirements and operational culture change. The
project partners hold local workshops about the topic and presented the results for
discussion. In addition, speakers were invited from Czech Republic and from the host
region to introduce local approach and good practices in the field of eParticipation,
eGovernment and digitalization of the municipalities, particularly related to the project
topic e-participation.
Project seminar and study tour in Tartu, Estonia, 7-9 June 2011
The three day seminar, organized by project partner City of Tartu, was targeting at the
project partners to discuss the next subject of the programme, related to e-participation:
Future Perspectives in e-Participation: Open Data Initiatives; Digital Identity,
Privacy and Security. All the project partners send 34 participants together.
Additionally 4 members of the “Active” project www.aktiivi.info from Finland were
present at the event.
The project partners discussed
the topic at the local workshops
and the results of the local reports
were presented and discussed at
the joint seminar and study tour in
Tartu. In addition, speakers were
invited from Estonia to introduce
international and local approach
and good practices in the field of
eParticipation,
eGovernment
services, security and privacy. The
topics Politics visualization, Cloud
computing
approach
for
government and municipalities,
Digital privacy in social networks
age, Municipal council meeting on•
Mr. Andrus Aaslaid from Estonian Ministry of
Economic Affairs and Communications
presenting topic of Cloud computing in
Tartu, June 2011
line and others were presented
and discussed at the seminar.
Also
project
steering
group
meeting was held during the
seminar.
Project seminar and study tour in Amsterdam and Almere, The
Netherlands, 20-22 September 2011
The three day seminar,
organized by the project
partner
Province
of
Flevoland was targeted to
discuss the fifth subject
of
the
programme,
related to e-participation:
Technology
and
Procurement
Challenges: how to do
more with less money.
The
project
partners
discussed the topic at the
local
workshops
and
presented the results at
the joint seminar. In
addition, speakers were
• Mr. Martijn Kriens from health-lab.nl, Amsterdam
invited from Netherlands
Region is presenting the topic Care, Society and
to introduce international
Technology in Amsterdam, September 2011
and local approach and
good practices in the field
of eParticipation, eGovernment services, innovation supporting mechanisms, innovative
solutions and approaches in the governance, particularly related to the project topic eparticipation. The role of the municipalities and regions on the e-government and eparticipation tools development was also discussed during the seminar. The first day of
the joint seminar and study tour was held in Amsterdam and 2nd and 3rd day in Almere, in
the Province of Flevoland.
Project seminar and study tour in Odense, Denmark, 20-22
September 2011
The three day seminar
agenda was developed to
discuss the next subject of
the programme, related to
e-participation:
Public
communication: public
media,
experimental
design
and
welfare
technology.
The
project
partners
discussed the topic at the
local
workshops
and
presented
results
in
Odense. In addition, speakers were invited from
Denmark
to
introduce
international
and
local
approach
and
good
practices in the field of
• Mr. Henrik Poulsen from Odense Municipality
eParticipation,
eGovernpresenting participation strategies of the city,
ment
services,
public
November 2011
communication, innovative
solutions and approaches in the governance, particularly related to the project topic eparticipation and public communication. The participants of the workshop also visited
local media outlet Funen Media and discussed the relations and cooperation options
between municipal government, general public and local media institutions. Also project
steering group meeting was held during the seminar.
Best practices online manual www.eparticipation.eu is renewed
The website for online manual is now in the
second piloting phase.
According to the suggestions and feedback
from the project participants the online tool
was redesigned to provide better overview
of the best e-participation practices.
The technical solution is provided by the
Finnish company UnoAm OY.
eCitizenII project participated in the Interreg IVC fair in Krakow,
Poland in 24 November 2011
eCitizenII project was presented as a
Good Practice on the eGovernment
solutions at the INTERREG IVC Good
Practice Fair which took place on
November 24th in Krakow, Poland.
Thanks to the 122 Interregional
cooperation projects that have been
financed
by
the
INTERREG
IVC
Program, over 1.000 Good Practices
have been identified. In order to share
at least some of the good practices an
intensive one-day event was organized
by the INTERREG IVC Program in
Krakow. The Good Practice Database is
now
available
also
online
• Mr. Dirk Ahner, Director General of DG
www.interreg4c.eu.
Over
250
Regio of European Commission (left) is
attendants from the European member
introduced about the eCitizenII project in
states participated in the presentations
Interreg IVC fair in Krakow, Poland by
sessions and the actual fair. eCitizenII
eCitizenII project manager Mr. Hannes
project was present with lead partner
Astok.
Baltic Institute of Finland (Deputy
Director Mrs. Minna Hanhijärvi and project manager Mr. Hannes Astok) and partners City
of Tartu (Mr. Indrek Mustimets) and Vysocina Region (Mr. Kamil Talavasek).
Project contacts
Lead partner Baltic Institute of Finland
www.baltic.org
Project Manager Mr. Hannes Astok
[email protected]
Mobile +372 5091366 Skype: hannesastok
Newsletter is issued by the eCitizenII project: www.baltic.org/projects/ecitizen_ii
Photos: Mrs. Lilian Lukka, City of Tartu; Interreg IVC and private collections