1. Keynote Speaker (31 May 2018)
  2. Link: https://collegerama.tudelft.nl/Mediasite/Play/a1bc4b3a707a44c7a8ec7c5a1876fa411d

Gisele Roesems-Kerremans – R&D Coordinator, DG-CONNECT, European Commission.

Open and collaborative digital government – Experience through H2020


Digital transformation in European public services is a key factor to success of the Digital Single Market. The Tallinn Digital Summit highlighted the need to bring governments and the public sector into the digital age to improve the interaction of the public sector with citizens and businesses.


To meet citizens’ expectations, public services need modernisation along the vision laid out in the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 and the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment, promoting the principles of once-only, digital and cross-border by default and user-centricity.


Open government is based on the principles of transparency, collaboration, and participation, enabled by digital services. The concept of empowering users to directly participate in the public service design and implementation is widely supported as it leads to more user-friendly and personalised services.


In several European locations, projects funded by the H2020 Research and Innovation Program, are piloting the implementation of open and collaborative government, herewith promoting the opening up of government data, processes and re-usable, modular services.



Gisele Roesems-Kerremans studied Civil Engineering / Computer sciences at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and started her career as a system engineer in the telecommunication and automotive industry.

She joined the European Commission in 1994 in the Directorate General dealing with ICT related research and policy matters. She performed various management and coordination tasks in the domains Software technologies, Micro/Nanosystems, Nanoelectronics, Big Data, eHealth and eventually eGovernment where she currently coordinates the R&D activities.


Disclaimer: The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Commission.


  1. Keynote Speaker (1 June 2018)
  2. Link: https://collegerama.tudelft.nl/Mediasite/Play/c60d7b8891ca4c08b322b2959f4a44fa1d

Steven LuitjensDirector of Information Society and Government at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands

Government in the Information Society

The information society is developing in the direction of a data economy. The digital transformation is spoken across the EU and digital strategies are being development. These developments do not stop at a country’s border. Although the information society is attractive the development faces serious problems. There are people who not only applaud these developments, but also place comments on their need for privacy. The government will have to take measures in the area of legislation and regulations, but also in terms of privacy.

In this keynote speech the following questions will be answered. How does digitalisation affect to our society?” What is the role of government as steward of public interests in society? The technology offers opportunities, do we as a government provide sufficient support to use these opportunities? That same technology also brings threats. Can we manage that in the right direction?


Steven Luitjens is the Director of Information Society and Government at the Ministry of the Interior, where he deals with the question of how digitization affects our society.