Event Concluded: OFE event on Stocktaking of Tallinn Declaration

21 September 2018

Author: Sivan Pätsch

A year ago, 32 European countries formally signed the Tallinn eGovernment Declaration – agreeing to accelerate public sector digital transformation to build a more direct and responsive public administration founded on open standards and Open Source.

OpenForum Europe (OFE) welcomed the declaration with a well attended and successful event examining what the Declaration means in practice. A year on, OFE will take the opportunity of the first anniversary to discuss and assess the implementation of the Declaration and ways in which we can work together to accelerate roll-out over the coming year.

We are delighted to welcome representatives from the current EU Presidency, the European Commission and member state operational staff:

Mario Campolargo, Deputy Director-General DGIT, European Commission, will introduce and discuss DGIT’s internal approach and collaboration with national public administrations relating to adopting a default to open strategy for technology, process and people.



Gregor Schmied, Digitalisation & E-Government at the Austrian Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and Austrian Permanent Representation will provide an EU Presidency perspective on how the Presidency plans to realise the Declaration, as well as core outcomes of the recent eGvt summit (26 September).



Daniel Melin, Senior Procurement officer with the Swedish National Procurement Services will provide information on how the Tallinn declaration has been realised on a member state level.



A representative of the Dutch government will provide an operational overview of Dutch eGovernment actions. (TBC)

OFE’s Open Governments Chair, James Lovegrove (Red Hat), will facilitate a discussion between our panelists which will touch upon some of the following questions:

  •  What steps have been taken since the adoption of the Tallinn Declaration?
  • How can the Tallinn Declaration be transformed into real actions?
  • What are some best practice examples desktop, infrastructure, devops?
  • With the mainstream reality of open source, to what extent is the challenge more than technology but more cultural/organisational?
  • Are there some missing metrics in measuring Government digitisation?

The practicalities:

A light lunch will be served at 12h00 and the presentations will start at 12h30.

The discussion following the introductory presentations will be moderated and will be held under the Chatham House Rule.