Ariadne (*)
 (*) Ariadne, Cretan-Greek goddess and mistress of the Labyrinth
 
 
 Issue nr. 1
 
 Ariadne NEWSLETTER
 
 Date: April 2006  





 






 

A newsletter for advancing technologies, ideas and provocative exchange of views and opinions in the areas of e-government, e-participation and governance

Editorial
  This first issue of the Ariadne newsletter coincides with the launch of the OneStopGov project in which ALTEC is participating.

Therefore we devote a first informative article for OneStopGov, though within 2006 we shall dedicate an entire issue on this project, covering both research and technology aspects as well as issues related to the uptake of the project outcomes in the real world environment of Public Administrations in the enlarged Europe.
   
Interview with Arnold
  ARIADNE: Arnold , we know of an initiative of the Dutch government called ICTAL http://www.ictal.nl that aims to reduce administrative costs for businesses. Besides the ambitious target set (for this cabinet period it is a reduction of 25%), we were happily surprised by the language that is used there. Indicatively I quote from the Action Plan for reducing the administrative burden of citizens, which recognizes that “ the mania for organisation and bureaucracy has to be reduced. This mania for organisation and bureaucracy are, for instance, expressed in the administrative burdens citizens have to deal with in their contacts with the government in the form of numerous and often time-consuming obligations to provide information.”

I don't know whether we share the same feelings but this statement is quite strong and appeals to people's experiences but for me is like a turn to common sense.


What is your opinion about all these?

ARNOLD : I agree; take for example the tax declaration sheet. Many organizations, employers, banks, insurance companies, real estate registers, are required to send routinely their data, which are matched with the data, that citizens are required to fill in. Citizens have the burden to collect manually all these data from the same organizations, and then fill them in, with the risk of errors. Why not pre fill the tax declaration e-forms with the data already provided by those organizations? Gain: citizens do not have to collect all data, only fill in adjustments and additions as can be motivated. Government does not have to check data they provided themselves, only adjustments and feedback from citizens. If there are no adjustments or additions (probably more then 70% of cases) the citizen only has to digitally sign the form, and government can automatically complete the process.
   
  Who is Arnold?
   
Talk to the expert: Administrative reform and the Western Balkans
(As part of its efforts to strengthen prospects of European integration for the countries of the Western Balkans, the Commission has proposed a set of practical measures to promote trade, investment and economic and social development in the region. Also, in the 6th Call of the IST Programme, a special focus area was dedicated to ‘International cooperation for eGovernment and eParticipation’ with the countries of Western Balkans as targets.)

Administrative reform is an issue of a great importance for the economic and social stabilization as well as the institutional and democratic reinforcement, of the Western Balkan countries. The main politico-administrative patterns of these countries were developed in a completely different economic and social environment, that of a centrally planned and controlled economy, and that makes them totally inappropriate for the demanding policy making of a market economy and an open, democratic, society..
   
  Short bio of Theodoros
   
Interview with Spiros Pampoukidis, CEO of OTS
  ARIADNE: We know that your core business spans all levels of the Public Administration, and that your customers come from the area of local government (municipalities), the Prefectures as well as central government authorities like Ministries.

How do you judge the culture and the attitude within the public sector? Do you see any differences between the different levels of the Public Administration? And what are the commonalities that you can spot?

PAMPOUKIDIS: Defining the culture within the public sector is a very popular matter of discussion and a lot of definitions and judgment have been given and expressed. But we should realize that the culture within the public sector is part of our culture in general and it reflects the way our society is structured and organized.
   
  The man…
  And his company…
   
Worth to visit and read…
  Worth to visit…

http://www.ictal.nl
The Dutch government site for the ICTAL Programme on reducing bureaucracy.

http://research.altec.gr/pace/
PACE aspires to be an easy-for-use methodology that will help projects to express their assets…

Worth to read…

 
Action Plan for Reducing the administrative burden of citizens Download
     
ICTAL Programme: Cutting administrative costs with ICT Download
   
Impressum
  Ariadne is a quarterly publication prepared as part of the dissemination and public awareness activities of the ALTEC Research Programmes Division http://research.altec.gr

You can contact us for feedback, submit an article or participate in the Ariadne team by sending an email to the Editor of Ariadne Mr Adamantios Koumpis, akou@altec.gr

You can feel free to copy or refer to content of our newsletter – we encourage you also to send us your comments.

Our ambition for Ariadne is to become a medium that shall help the organic cooperation amongst professionals and practitioners from different disciplines with a focus to the areas of e-government, e-participation, e-democracy and governance.
   


Disclaimer: Ariadne (*) Issue 1, 2006
(*) Ariadne, Cretan-Greek goddess and mistress of the Labyrinth
A newsletter for advancing technologies, ideas and provocative exchange of views and opinions in the areas of e-government, e-participation and governance
Impressum
Ariadne is a quarterly publication prepared as part of the dissemination and public awareness activities of the ALTEC Research Programmes Division http://research.altec.gr
You can contact us for feedback, submit an article or participate in the Ariadne team by sending an email to the Editor of Ariadne Mr Adamantios Koumpis, akou@altec.gr
You can feel free to copy or refer to content of our newsletter - we encourage you also to send us your comments.
Our ambition for Ariadne is to become a medium that shall help the organic cooperation amongst professionals and practitioners from different disciplines with a focus to the areas of e-government, e-participation, e-democracy and governance.
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