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EU Regions Week: the BRIC was there!

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The BRIC was present at the "EU Regions Week" event that was organised by the European Commission from 7 until 10 October.

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which regions and cities demonstrate their capacity for favouring growth and creating employment, implementing European cohesion policies and proving the importance of the local and regional levels within the general framework of European good governance.

Spread over three separate locations, the programme was a busy one: conferences, master classes, workshops, presentation stands, networking, etc.
The BRIC partnered with and Brussels Environment to present a data platform at its stand. The SDIs (Spatial Data Infrastructures) created by Perspective and Brussels Environment are designed using the same basic, open code, and the individual developments of each institution are beneficial to both.  The interaction of these work tools with, as well as data and information exchanges, were presented.

Naturally, Christine Verstraete was present at the stand, collaborating with the communications department, Laetitia Dupin, Sébastien Defrance and Véronique Verbeke of Brussels Environment, Elsa Coslado and Louison Cuvelier of Perspective, in order to present these services and joint efforts.

In addition, our Smart City Manager, Céline Vanderborght, gave a presentation on our Regional Smart City.

We should also highlight an interesting presentation by the European Commission on the digitalisation of digital public services: "Your agenda to digitalize public services and EU policy? A win-win situation." The programme "Single Digital Gateway Regulation", to be launched in 2020, aims to support the digitalisation of public services by focusing on three objectives:

  • online navigation that is simple for everyone and accessible in English;
  • an easy, non-discriminatory service that will allow everyone to obtain documents, without the need to travel to a different country;
  • a high-quality helpline.

A quality label will be created over the next few months to reward those digitalised public services that meet the criteria issued by the European Commission. In exchange, the European Commission will lend its support to the Cities and Regions, in order for them to obtain funding, to help them with the IT development of their tools, to guide them in regards to the information content to be put online and to provide them with translation services into English. Finally, it should be noted that a national coordinator was nominated, whose objective it is to coordinate national efforts and digitalised public services on all levels in Belgium (federal, regional and local).

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