e-Partnership Conference

04.10.2017

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The e-Partnership Conference was part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

It focused on how EU’s Eastern Partnership countries use Information and Communications Technologies to promote transparency of government processes and enEaPsure safety and security of the cyberspace.
Eastern Partnership and e-governance are among the priorities of the Estonian EU Presidency agenda. The e-Partnership Conference presented the positive results that EU’s Eastern Partnership countries have already achieved in developing e-governance. It provided an opportunity to evaluate the current situation in the region, and looked at the way forward. This was done on the basis of a Situation Review, compiled in close cooperation with all six EU Partner countries. The Review  concentrated on two distinct areas: safety and security of the cyberspace and e-democracy.

At the Conference, based on the summarised findings of this Review, experts and policy makers  debated the issues related to safety and security of the cyberspace and e-democracy. As an outcome of the Conference, policy recommendations were issued for increased safety and security of the cyberspace and improved e-democracy in the Eastern Partnership.

Agenda of the E-partnership Conference

Cybersecurity Rapporteur Report by Mr Luc Dandurand.

e-Partnership Conference took place at Tallinn Creative Hub, Estonia.

 

 

Time Topic/Speaker
8:00 Registration
9:00 Opening Session

Mr Hannes Astok – e-Governance Academy Development Director
H.E Mr Jüri Ratas – Prime Minister of Estonia
H.E Mr Sven Mikser – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

9:25 Coffee break /Opportunity for press interviews with Opening Session speakers and Situation Review’s authors.
10:00 Session #1 – Safety and Security of the Cyberspace
10:00 Remarks by Heads of Delegations

Mr Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies, Republic of Azerbaijan

Mr Giorgi Cherkezishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia

Mr Dmitry Shedko, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization, Belarus

10:30 Situation Review 2017 Results in Focus Area #1: Cyber Security
Mr Raul Rikk – e-Governance Academy
10:45 Case study #1 – What is Behind Georgia’s Rapid Rise in ITU Cyber Security Index?

Ms Nata Goderdzishvili, Head of Legal Division, Data Exchange Agency, Georgia

11:05 Panel #1: What should governments do to ensure the reliability of cyberspace?
Panellists

  • Mr Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy minister if IT Technology and Communication, Moldova
  • Ms Nata Goderdzishvili, Data Exchange Agency, Georgia
  • Mr Raul Rikk, Programme Director, National Cyber Security, eGA
  • Mr Bakhtiyar Mammadov, Chief Consultant of the Legal Department, Ministry of Communications and High Technologies, Republic of Azerbaijan

Moderator: Mr Luc Dandurand – Former Head of Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Division, ITU

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session #2 – e-Democracy
13:30 Remarks by Ministers

Mr Boris Demirkhanyan, Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia

Mr Vitalie Tartlev, Deputy Minister of IT Technology and Communication, Moldova

14:00 Situation Review 2017 of the EaP countries: introduction and key findings on transparency of government processes
Ms Kristina Reinsalu – e-Governance Academy
14:15 Case study #2 – ProZorro Public E-Procurement System, Ukraine

Mr Ievgen Bilyk, Project Manager, Transparency International, Ukraine

14:35 Panel #2: What are the potential of ICT in increasing transparency of government processes and inclusiveness of  civil society?

Panellists

  • Ms Tetiana Syvolapenko, Head of Department, State Agency for Electronic Governance, Ukraine
  • Ms Veronica Cretu, President of the Open Government Institute, Moldova
  • Ms Marina Mkhitatyan, KolbaLabs Programme Lead, Armenia

Moderator: Dr Christine Leitner – Senior Advisor, Centre for Economics and Public Administration, UK; Supervisory Board member of e-Governance Academy

16:00 Coffee break
16:20 Session #3 – Wrap-up
16:20 Presentation of Policy Recommendations for EU Eastern Partnership Countries
Mr Hannes Astok – e-Governance Academy Development Director
16:40 Statements by Rapporteurs

e-Democracy Focus Area
Ms Dr Christine Leitner – Senior Advisor, Centre for Economics and Public Administration, UK; Supervisory Board Member of e-Governance Academy

Safety and Security of the Cyberspace Focus Area
Mr Luc Dandurand – Former Head of Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Division, ITU

 

17:00-17:25 Closing Statements

Mr Lawrence Meredith – Director for Neighbourhood East, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

Ms Vivian Loonela – Member of the Cabinet of EU Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip

Mr Jaan Reinhold – Director, Centre for Eastern Partnership

 

19:00 Dinner reception

Hosted by H.E Mr Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia

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Martin Lään


Project Manager

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Estonian Center for Eastern Partnership

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