e-Government trends confirm: Europe ready for eEnviPer (19/04/2013)
The availability of web-based solutions for the management of environmental permits remains low across Europe, according to an upcoming benchmarking study of e-Government services in Europe. Niels van der Linden (CapGemini), invited speaker at the eEnviPer Workshop in Brussels on 17 April 2013, also explained that while national government has made progress, local and regional authorities are still struggling with administrative requirements and paper-based workflows. The full results of the e-Government Benchmark Report 2013 will be published in May 2013.
Participants of the eEnviPer Workshop discussed the potential of cloud-computing to provide more efficient, transparent and accessible environmental permits processes for local and regional authorities. Ivan Vucetic (Evrogeomatika), in charge of the Serbian pilot’s implementation, pointed out that “the municipality reacted very positively towards the platform. They like the solution because it will help them in their work, mainly in terms of time saving”. Many of the participants showed their enthusiasm. Mr. van der Linden in particular praised the potential of eEnviPer’s GIS and open data components.
Asked about enabling conditions for the adoption of eEnviPer, Grigoris Chatzikostas (DRAXIS) explained: “National legislation encouraging e-government is a big driver for local and regional authorities. They are aware that eEnviPer or similar solutions could help them attract investors and improve the level of civil participation in their area”. Manolis Alexakis, Commissioner for European Issues of the Region of Crete, stressed that the Region of Crete was “very proud to work under this interesting project, because we are supporting innovation and we are also doing our island more attractive to investment”.
In addition to a live demonstration of the eEnviPer platform, participants witnessed lively presentations from the pilot projects in Greece and Serbia, who shared some of their challenges and achievements in the implementation of the eEnviPer project.
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