According to the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, ‘Digitisation offers unprecedented opportunities, especially in terms of the relationship between the government, citizens and businesses.’ However, the minister and other speakers at the Digital and Open Government conference were keen to stress that digital information must strike a balance between government interests and those of citizens.
Confidence in digital government
In the group sessions held on the first day of the conference, the opportunities were clearly outlined. Decision makers and digitisation policymakers from EU member states, EU institutions and the scientific community debated the opportunities and potential solutions that digital government presents. Three key topics were discussed, namely the new relationship between governments and the public, better use of data, and confidence in digital government.
Friday 3 June
The conference will continue on Friday 3 June with more group sessions. These will be followed by the plenary concluding session of the conference, which is being coordinated by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Bas Eenhoorn, National Commissioner for Digital Government, will give the closing address.
Live stream and Twitter feed
Watch the plenary concluding session from 11:30 to 13:00 on Friday.
Share your tweets on the issues raised using the hashtag #EGOV2016. And keep an eye on the interior ministry’s dashboard.
For more information on the conference programme and participants, seewww.digitalopengov.nl.
Compliments of the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016