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European citizens do not participate equally in the Information society: in fact, the digital gap is moving down from infrastructures to uses. Based on this observation, local authorities in Europe have developed Digital Public Spaces (DPS) promoting e-inclusion.

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Save the date: E-COOP final conference is coming
“DIGITAL COOPERATIVES – the European experience of a digital society” CAMBRIDGE, Wednesday 5 November 2014 This conference is organised in the frame of the EU cooperation project “E-COOP / Digital cooperatives”, which will end in December 2014 after three years of implementation.

Twelve local authorities and organizations from all over the European Union, have shared their analysis and good practices about digital inclusion and the role of digital community centres. Their objective was to study and recommend the best ways for them to adapt to new digital uses and better enhance local cooperation and citizen participation.

The final conference aims at communicating about the project’s outputs and results: what could European “digital cooperatives” actually be? What kind of services and support would they provide to the community?






09.00         Meeting point at Cripps Court Magdalene College, Auditorium

Host: Prof. Mila Gasco, Institute of Public Governance and Management, Barcelona (Spain)



  1. Conference starts

Opening words by Cambridgeshire County Council’s representatives


10.00         E-COOP’s lessons and recommendations       

  • Getting online: solutions aimed at increasing citizens participation

Rebecca MORGAN, Business Development Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council


  • Going digital: the “e-cooperatives” model

Matej HUDAK, Teacher, University of Economics in Bratislava, Faculty of Business Economics with seats in Kosice (Slovakia)


  • Co-production of services in a digital world

Toni PEREZ, Barcelona Provincial Council (Spain)


10.45         3 mini seminars (presentation of a panel of E-COOP good practices)


11.30         Coffee break


11.45         3 mini seminars (presentation of a panel of E-COOP good practices)


  1. Questions: the expert panel


Press conference


13.00         Lunch, networking and market place



14.00         Digital inclusion challenges in Europe at the light of the E-COOP project”


14.45         Transferring a digital initiative: the micro-implementation experience

                  Andreas KOSKERIS and Catherine CHRISTODOULOPOULOU, Computer technology Institute (Greece) - Emilia BRANNY-JANKOWSKA, Mazovia Agriculture Advisory Centre (Poland)


15.15         The E-COOP platforms, a laboratory for citizens’ online participation

                  Paola AMATO, City of Terni (Italy) - Elena FARCA, Municipality of Iasi (Romania) -

                  Charlie WALLIN, Association of local authorities in Västernorrland County (Sweden) - Salla Pykälämäki, City of Jyväskylä (Finland)


15.30         Break



15.45         Round table - European cooperation: the benefits of working transnationally to enhance local and regional policies

                  José Manuel SAN EMETERIO, ERNACT (Ireland) - Gal Körmendy, West-Pannon Region and Economy Development Supplier public non profit NLtd (Hungary) – Laura AHONEN, City of Jyväskylä (Finland)

                  Host: Prof. Mila Gasco


16.20         Interregional Cooperation – State of Play and Perspective 2014-2020

Ilaria PIAZZA, INTERREG IVC’s Joint Technical Secretariat


16.40         The future of public policies in the field of digital cooperation at partners’ level

                  Marianne BAUDOUIN, E-COOP project manager, Gironde County Council (France)



                  Closing words

Mrs. Isabelle DEXPERT and Anne-Marie KEISER, Vice-Presidents of Gironde County Council (France), E-COOP project Lead Partner


17.00         End of conference