The open government workshops aim to increase the awareness and capacity of Estonian local governments in implementing the open government principles and using digital tools. As a result of the training, Estonian local government leaders are more capable leaders who can transform local governments into smarter users and procurers of digital solutions.
The main open government principles are related to the transparency of governance, the involvement of citizens in decision-making processes and the promotion of ethical and sound governance. At the same time, it is very important to develop the e-government capacity of local governments, because digital technology opens up new opportunities for more open government. Access to information from public authorities will become easier for citizens, and new opportunities will appear for asking citizens’ opinion and receiving feedback.
Local government leaders need to familiarize themselves with secure and user-centric digital solutions, the more systematic planning of which not only contributes to more transparent governance but also savings in government costs.