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ITC's e-Petitioner: finalist in eEurope and the UK !

e-Petitioner finalist for eGovernment UK National Awards

The e-petitions system used by Bristol City Council has made it to the final for the eGovernment UK National Awards.

The finalists for the 2005 award were announced on Monday 23rd November highlighting the best services improving citizens and business transaction with councils, central government departments and other public sector organisations.

Cabinet Office Minister Jim Murphy MP, Ian Watmore, Government CIO and Head of the Cabinet Office e-Government Unit will be involved in the awards, which will be presented at a prestigious dinner on 25th January 2006 at the Savoy Hotel in London.
The Minister said:

"e-Government is one of the most important ways the Government can deliver public services reform. We are committed to developing Government IT systems and services that make real and tangible improvements to the lives of British people and businesses. The e-Government National Awards are our way to recognise the best attempts to deliver on this commitment."

The e-petitioning was first used by Bristol City Council and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in 2004 as part of the Local e-Democracy National Project, involving English local authorities and funded by the UK Government (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).

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e-Petitioner makes final shortlist for e-Europe Award

The e-petitions system used by the Scottish Parliament made it to the final shortlist of nominees for the prestigious European award.

The eEurope eGovernment awards ceremony was on the first day of the Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Manchester. Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media and Jim Murphy, Minister responsible for eGovernment, UK Cabinet Office read out the short-listed 'Nominees' and presented the awards. The Scottish Parliament's e-Petitioner system was a short-listed 'Nominee' and the Jury said:

"The project delivers an innovation in the area of eParticipation, though enhancing the democratic engagement of citizens. There is an excellent dialogue in the construction of policy, with a clear and significant impact. The project provides excellent transferability issues in all areas of strategy, methodology, technology, and implementation."

Of the 234 submissions, 76 projects have been granted the European Commission 'Good Practice Label', 52 had been selected as Finalists, and 15 were short-listed 'Nominees'.

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