Digital transition meets participatory governance

29 May 2018, CEMR Conference Centre, Brussels
Square de Meeûs 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


  • What does digital transition mean for urban planning and participation?
  • What experiences exist in ICT-enabled open governance? 
  • How to improve knowledge, regulations and funding mechanisms across all levels of governance?

CEMR and smarticipate partners invite you to discuss the questions above, share your experience and find out what next steps are available to your city or region. We want to bring together voices from local and regional governments, academia, national and EU level, as well as connect different communities active in the field, such as EU Urban Agenda Digital Transition partnership, JPI Urban Europe, EIP-SCC Citizen Focus, Digital Social Innovation and others.

CEMR: new initiative on open government

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) represents the interests of European local authorities and their associations in more than 40 countries. It promotes citizenship and exchange between elected representatives. Together with its members and in close cooperation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, CEMR is embarking on a new initiative to address open government and e-democracy. Your say will be important in further shaping the focus of this initiative.

Smarticipate: learning with London, Hamburg and Rome

What if every citizen had access to the same information as their local government? The smarticipate project aims to use open data to make this a reality, giving citizens the information needed to help shape their city. By making data accessible and understandable, citizens are empowered to give input on new public services and solutions to urban problems. As project partners, London (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea), Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg) and Rome (the City of Rome) are closely involved in the creation of a web platform that enables interested citizens to support the decision making process. The project acts as a learning journey towards a more participatory form of governance and will hold its final conference in Vienna on 7-8 November 2018.



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9:00 – 9:30  Registration & coffee


9:30 – 9:45  Welcome

  • Serge Novaretti, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Pedro Bizarro, CEMR
  • Ania Rok, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability


9:45 – 10:00  Introduction to workshop objectives

  • David Ludlow, University of the West of England, Bristol


10:00 – 11:00  Panel discussion: Are digital tools changing cities for real?

This session will feature representatives of major European cities, including Vienna, Rome and Hamburg, sharing their hands-on experience with digital tools and platforms. The conversation, open to participation from the audience, will focus on the role digital tools and platforms can play in transforming local governance.

  • Pamela Mühlmann, Urban Innovation Vienna
  • Stefan Höffken, Landesbetrieb Geoinformation und Vermessung, City of Hamburg
  • Franco La Torre, Risorse per Roma
  • Paul McDonald, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Moderation: Ania Rok, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee break


11:30 – 12:30  Panel discussion: Smart, sustainable, open cities – synergy or conflict?

This session will bring together representatives of leading initiatives supporting cities in their transition to be smarter, more sustainable, better use the knowledge and skills of their citizens and make the most of the potential offered by digital tools and platforms, including JPI Urban Europe, EIP Smart Cities & Communities, EU Urban Agenda Digital Transition partnership and others. The question is how can these initiatives learn from each other to better support local dynamics, maximising synergies rather than confusion.

  • Maria Sangiuliano, Smart Venice, EIP Smart Cities and Communities Citizen Focus Cluster
  • Jonas Bylund, JPI Urban Europe
  • Mika Rantakokko, BusinessOulu, EU Urban Agenda Digital Transition

Moderation: Leonardo Ebner, CEMR


12:30 – 13:00  Next steps for the Tallinn Declaration on e-Government

  • Serge Novaretti, DG CONNECT, European Commission


13:00 – 14:00  Lunch


14:00 – 16:00  Roundtables: Where do we go next?

This session will consist of three parallel roundtables that will take up the questions resulting from morning discussions and brainstorm on possible ways forward, using the opportunities created by the smarticipate project and others.

  • David Ludlow and Joanna Bushell, University of West England
  • Larissa Guschl and Marek Vogt, WeLoveTheCity
  • Jonas Bylund, JPI Urban Europe


16:00 – 16:30  Closing


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