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Brussels, 20 September 2005
Durham to host European conference on eGovernment
“Evolving eGovernment in Europe’s Regions and Cities” is the theme of a conference to be held in the historic English city of Durham on Thursday, 22 September.
The event, organised by the EU Committee of the Regions and the region of North East England, will examine ways in which local and regional authorities can improve public services through use of information and communication technology. It will also highlight examples of best practice in eGovernment from the North East region and across Europe.
Speakers at the conference include Alex Watson, chair of the North East
Assembly; Seamus Murray, President of the Commission for Education and Culture
(EDUC) of the Committee of the Regions; and Vicente Alvarez Areces, President of
the Government of the Principality of Asturias in Spain.
It will follow a morning meeting of the EDUC Commission at which members will discuss draft opinions on the following topics:
Venue and timings:
Both events are open to the media.
EU Committee of the Regions
Created in 1994, the Brussels-based Committee of the Regions (CoR) is a consultative assembly which provides elected local and regional government representatives – e.g. city mayors, councillors and regional presidents – with a voice at the heart of the European Union. The European Commission and the Council of Ministers are obliged to consult the CoR’s 317 members on proposed EU laws across a wide range of policy areas, including employment, transport and the environment. The UK has 24 full members on the CoR and the same number of alternates. They include Michael Davey, Northumberland County Council, and Councillor Olive Brown, leader of Wear Valley District Council.
Key to political groups:
EPP: European People’s Party (Conservative); PES: Party of European Socialists; ALDE - Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; UEN-EA: Union for Europe of the Nations - European Alliance.
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