Eisco 2005 - european information society conference

Conference programme

2nd June 2005, Thursday

08:30 – 09:30

09:30 – 11:00
Opening session:
Towards i2010 (eEurope)
Chair: Javier Ossandon, President of ELANET (CEMR)

Opening speeches:

Keynote speakers:

  • Włodzimierz Marciński, Deputy Minister of Science and Information Society Technologies, Poland
  • Ken Ducatel, Member of the Cabinet of Mrs. Viviane Reding, the Commissioner Responsible for Information Society and Media, European Commission - "i2010: an ICT policy for growth and employment"

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 13:00
First Plenary session:
The Local Lisbon Challenge. Role of the Associations of Local governments to promote i2010 tasks among their members and to stimulate their sustainable position as enablers of the Information Society (Session organised by the Policy Group of CEMR on Information Society and eGovernment and ELANET)

Chair: Jeremy Smith, Secretary General of CEMR
Moderator: Jens Ole Back, Head of IT Department of Danish Association of Local Governments

Keynote speakers:

  • Gérald Santucci, Head of Unit ICT for Enterprise Networking, DG INFSO, European Commission - "Digital Ecosystems: The next frontier for SMEs and European Local Regional Clusters?"
  • Josu Ocariz, Director of the Centre CIFAL BILBAO and General Secretary of the II World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society in Bilbao, Spain

Associations of Local and Regional Governments

  • Heikki Lunnas, Finnish Association of Local and Regional Authorities
  • Antonella Galdi, The National Association of Italian Local Authorities, ANCI
  • Svein Eric Wilthil, Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, KS
  • Andy Brown, UK Local Government International Bureau, LGIB

Open discussion with participants

Note: The need to substantially improve the participation of the public sector in the Information Society is a key aspect to make strong step forward in the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy. The Associations of Local and Regional Governments will present their visions on this hot issue. The vision rom the side of a national government will be presented by CNIPA that has promoted the eGovernment regional centres of competence throughout Italy. The other aspect of the session is the II World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on Information Society in Bilbao (November 2005). An open debate of 30 minutes on those two issues will draw conclusions for the EISCO 2005 declaration. Participants are encouraged to register previously for this debate.

13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:00
Parallel session - "Best practices" introduction:
Structural Funds. Study cases to boost local and regional modernisation in key public and private services using ICT in the new Member States.
(Session organised by the Malopolska Region and "Cities on Internet" Association)
Chair: Sławomir Kopec, Director of the Information Society Department in the Marshal Office of the Malopolska Region, Poland, 


  • Krzysztof Głomb, President of "Cities on Internet" Association and Vice-President of ELANET (CEMR) - "Is the efficient eAdministration enough to modernise the country in perspective of year 2010? Structural policy implementation as the motor of change in teh New Member States of the EU"
  • Tomasz Białobłocki, Plenipotentiary of TP Management President on EU affairs, Poland - "Development of the Information Society in rural and less developed areas - task for the State or the operators?"

15:00 – 15:30

15:30 – 17:30
Paralell sessions presenting "Best Practices"

Session A          Session B Session C
eGovernment for governance ICT for Business eHealth

Chair: Antonangelo Casula, Board of Directors FORMEZ (Italy)

Moderator: Krzysztof Głomb, President COI (Poland),

Questions, comments, conclusion

Chair: Rosi Somerville, IDEA (UK)

Moderator: Irina Zalisova, EPMA/BMI (Czech Republic)

Questions, comments, conclusions

Chair: Svein Eric Wilthil, Deputy Director of Association of LG (Norway)

Moderator: Helene Richardsson, Association of Local Authorities (Sweden)

Chair: Jacek Urbaniec, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Moderator: Hannes Astok, Deputy Mayor, City of Tartu (Estonia)

Note: the main target for the parallel sessions is to present best European practices, which could inspire local and regional public administration in new member states to stimulate implementation of projects and initiatives that could be financed by the EU structural funds in the new Member States. The speakers will introdue the parallel sessions and present some practical points in this regard.  

End of the first day of the conference

Conference Official Dinner

See programme on: Friday (3rd June) Saturday (4th June)

Programme in pdf