Planning the Development of Electronic Government: Overview of Main Documents

Ieva Žilionienė


The initiatives aimed at the development of electronic government are directly related to the attempts of public sector modernisation, which are taking place in many European countries. E-government is a complex issue, comprising technological, political, social, economic aspects. In narrow conception e-government can be understood as a provision of information and services of public authorities via electronic channels; in a broad definition, e-government comprises different aspects of implementing of information and telecommunication technologies in the public sector, as provision of services is inseparable from broader context: channels of services and communication, competence of population and public servants, etc. These different concepts are reflected in the information society’s planning documents of different countries.
The article reviews the planning of e-government in Lithuania and Europe. Basic Lithuania’s and Europe’s documents dedicated for planning of e-government are studied. In this field, the most important document in Lithuania is the Conception of Electronic Government that was approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at the end of 2002; this document sets goals and objectives, range and priorities, management, financing and implementation of processes of e-government in Lithuania. Later, adequate documents of two international European organisations whose member is Lithuania – European Union and Council of Europe – are analysed. The article analyses and compares main concepts, ideas and aspects as well as suggested priorities and ways of egovernment’s development that are set in those documents.


electronic government; electronic democracy; information society; electronic public services; information and telecommunications technologies

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