Opinion factsheet


    Local and regional perspective on promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions

    : CDR 3529/2017
    : CECCONI, Frank
    : ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
    : SEDEC
    : Adopted
    : 30/11/2017
    The public sector has a crucial economic role to play as regulator, service provider and employer in modernising public services;
    digital solutions could have a key role in building a new model of government:more transparent, simpler, more efficient, more inclusive and thus more in tune with users' aspirations;
    public administrations should exchange information amongst themselves and with the public as well as with businesses, in a transparent, inclusive way (open administration);
    initiatives allowing for better interoperability between different administrations, also transnational, and the development of solutions such as eID and e-signatures;
    new digital solutions as a priority for local and national administrations together with culture of transparency, communication and the exchange of experience;
    incorporating in public sector innovation the principles of: indiscriminate access to digital services for everyone and every business; strong protection for sensitive data; "digital by default"; "once only"; "co-production"; and interoperability.



Adoption of the opinion during the 126th plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

The opinion was adopted by unanimity.

30 Nov

Innovation in Government: The New Normal

Mr Cecconi, in his capacity as the CoR rapporteur on Public Sector Innovation, was a speaker at the conference organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) held in Paris.

21 Nov

Knowledge Exchange Platform Thematic Seminar "Yes, local governments innovate!"

Mr Cecconi, in his capacity as the CoR rapporteur on Public Sector Innovation, was a speaker at the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) thematic seminar organised held in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

12 Oct

Discussion and adoption of the draft opinion

The draft opinion is discussed and adopted unanimously at the SEDEC external meeting in Timisoara (Romania)

28 Sep

Appointment of Rapporteur

Mr Cecconi was appointed rapporteur for the Estonian Presidency referral opinion

08 Jun