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Engagement platform for new EU eGovernment Action Plan to be demonstrated in Brussels

Author: Adrian Offerman

On 15 December, DG Connect is organising its third workshop on the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 at the EC premises in Brussels. At this meeting, the stakeholder engagement platform based on Futurium will be presented in a hands-on session, demonstrating its functionalities and allowing participants to provide feedback.

The workshops [2, 1] are part of the preparation of a new EU eGovernment Action Plan for the period 2016-2020, which in turn is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe published last autumn. In the section on eGovernment, the strategy document states that the Commission will present a new eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 which will include:

  1. making the interconnection of business registers a reality by 2017,
  2. launching in 2016 an initiative with the Member States to pilot the 'Once-Only' principle [public administrations should not ask for information already in their possession];
  3. extending and integrating European and national portals to work towards a 'Single Digital Gateway' to create a user-friendly information system for citizens and business; and
  4. accelerating Member States' transition towards full eProcurement and interoperable eSignatures.

The eGovernment Action Plans are important instruments that have helped advance public sector modernisation across the EU over the past 15 years.

The Futurium

The stakeholder engagement platform builds on the Futurium engine, an extension to the open-source Content Management Framework Drupal currently being developed by DG Connect to enable citizens to co-create ideas and share evidence in order to feed public policy reflections.

Futurium is a shared IT platform that can host multiple, different implementations of engagement platforms, of which the eGovernment Action Plan platform is only one.


15 December 2015

European Commission
Building Van Maerlant
2 Rue Van Maerlant, room VML02