5th Ministerial eGovernment Meeting and Conference


Ermis is among the 52 finalists that are going to compete for the European eGovernment Awards 2009.

The Awards ceremony will take place on 19th November in Malmö (Sweden). The 52 selected projects are managed by public authorities at local, regional or national level from 17 different European countries, providing services in their own locality or cross-border. All projects make a significant contribution to increasing the efficiency of public services in Europe through the use of digital technologies.

The 4th edition of the prestigious European eGovernment Awards aims at promoting best practices and the most innovative electronic solutions that public authorities in Europe have developed to facilitate citizens’ and business’ access to public services, reduce the administrative burden, and increase public administrations’ efficiency. All finalists competing for the Awards use state-of–the-art applications such as innovative websites and portals, SMS-based services, web 2.0 as well as other ICT-based solutions.

The winners of the 2009 Awards will be announced on 19 November in Malmö (Sweden) during the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference, a joint event organised by the European Commission and the Swedish EU Presidency, which aims at monitoring progress in eGovernment, accelerating the adoption of eGovernment policies in Europe and identifying research priorities for the future.

During the event, the finalists will participate in a large-scale exhibition to showcase and promote their projects. A committee of judges composed of independent experts in the field will visit the exhibition and will select amongst the 52 finalists the best project in each of the following four categories:

• eGovernment supporting the Single Market: strengthening the Single Market by increasing mobility for businesses and citizens in the EU;

• eGovernment empowering citizens: improving access to public services for citizens;

• eGovernment empowering businesses: improving access to public services for companies, by creating business opportunities and generating savings for businesses (particularly SMEs);

• eGovernment enabling administrative efficiency and effectiveness: making public services and administrative processes simpler and more efficient, thus reducing the administrative burden.