Workshop on Multilevel interoperability governance supporting digital transformation of European public administrations

Part of the Conference 'Fit for recovery and transition: Supporting Quality of Public Administration in the European Union Member States'

DG RECOVER Conference

Citizens and businesses expect to be served through seamless digital services wherever they live, travel or work in the EU. To ensure their delivery, all levels of government should be able to share the necessary data while respecting citizen rights, data privacy and  protection. In addition, they need to ensure that no barriers, cultural, legal, organisational or semantic/technical, hamper the provision of interoperable services across cities, regions and national borders. Communities, Cities and Regions are teaming up to join efforts in their digital transformation the European way through the movement while national governments and the EU are working on a future EU public service interoperability policy. The workshop aims at opening a discussion on how best to ensure a multilevel interoperability governance in this context. Local data platforms and Digital Twins will be used as an example to illustrate such interoperability needs.

Agenda of the workshop 14:30 – 15:30 CET facilitated by Serge NOVARETTI, DG CNECT

  • Short introduction – DG REFORM (3’) Roman DIEZ GONZALEZ
  • Local digital twins highlighting interoperability needs from local up to EU level – DG CNECT (5’) Andrea HALMOS
  • Proposal for an EIF4SCC – DG CNECT (5’) Serge NOVARETTI
  • Future EU interoperability policy -  interoperability governance act – DG DIGIT (5’) Cristina COSMA
  • The Portuguese case - Portugal Digital - Ana MARQUES (5’)
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session moderated by OASC – Martin BRYNSKOV (35’)
    • Ana MARQUES (Portugal Digital)
    • Francisco RIDRUEJO (RECI and Logroño city)
    • Mika RANTAKOKKO (Oulu city)
    • Jonas ONLAND (VNG, Dutch association of municipalities)
    • Maximilian STROTMANN (DG DIGIT, Interoperability unit0
  • Conclusions by the moderator (2’)

The panel will discuss the following questions on interoperability governance:

  • What structures/projects exist (or not) at local, regional and national level, how can these be leveraged at EU level?
  • How can local and regional government be reflected in a future EU interoperability governance model?

This workshop is taking part as part of the High-Level Conference on Public Administration organised by DG REFORM. Please see the full programme below.

To attend, please register here.

The event will bring together high-level public officials and practitioners from the EU institutions and the EU Member States, leading academics, think tanks, and international organisations.


The Programme for the day is as follows:

09:00 - 9:15 CET


Ms Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and reforms - European Commission

09:15 - 11:15 CET

Session: Steering change in public administrations

Panel discussion

  • Ms Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and reforms - European Commission
  • Mr Younous Omarjee, Chair of REGI committee - European Parliament
  • Mr Boštjan Koritnik, Minister of Public Administration - Slovenia
  • Mr Mathias Cormann, Secretary General - OECD
  • Ms Manuela Bora, Member of Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, Former Rapporteur on public administration -  Committee of the Regions

11:15 - 12:30 CET

European Commission activities on Public Administration


  • Mr Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General - DG NEAR
  • Mr Normunds Popens, Deputy Director-General – DG REGIO
  • Ms Nathalie Berger, Director - DG REFORM       
  • Mr Daniele Dotto, Deputy-Director - DG REFORM                                                                                             

14:00 - 14:30 CET

Session: Towards a European Administrative Space? 

Keynote Speech

  • Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration – European Commission

14:30 - 15:45 CET   

Workshop sessions                                                             

  • Managing public administration adaptation
  • Public administration & governance for policy coherence and the SDGs
  • Innovation in the public sector
  • Public administration in the digital decade
  • Building capacity at regional and local level
  • New skills for new challenges
  • Multilevel interoperability governance supporting digital transformation of European public administrations (see above)
  • Public administration and green transition

15:45 - 16:45 CET   

Feedback and conclusion   

Keynote Speech

  • Ms Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of Public Sector Transformation and Civil Service - France                                                                                                                  

16:45 - 17:00 CET   

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