Brussels, 1st October 2004
eGovernment beyond 2005: CoBrA recommendations for modern and innovative public administrations by 2010
On 28 September, at a meeting on “eGovernment beyond 2005”, at the CoBrA modern art museum in Amsterdam, leaders and representatives of national eGovernment initiatives from some 30 European countries, chaired by the EU’s Dutch presidency, issued a set of recommendations for modernizing and stimulating innovation in public administrations between now and 2010.
Commissioner Olli Rehn said: “These recommendations are an important contribution to the review of the EU’s “Lisbon” competitiveness strategy and the European Commission’s “eEurope” initiative to ensure that businesses and citizens derive the maximum benefit from progress in information and communication technology. These recommendations emphasize the key contribution that public administrations can make to improving Europe’s competitiveness, growth, innovation and employment rates, as well as social cohesion”.
The CoBrA recommendations can be summarized as follows:
Europe is well-placed to realise world-class public administrations, that are needed to remain globally competitive, making it an attractive place to live, work and invest.
Furthermore specific recommendations have been issued on policy and implementation co-operation between Member States, and transformation of public administrations and its financing.
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