2011 Conference Overview

The e-Democracy Conference 2011 addressed from both the policy and technical perspectives, how the use of ICT can help improve democracy, transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the public institutions.

The conference took place from September 25th-27th at the hotel Inex Gorica in Ohrid, Macedonia. The event was co-organized by Nextsense and Centre for e-Governance Development for South East Europe (CeGD).

At the conference, members of public institutions: parliament, government, and Official Journal, experts from international organizations and academics who work with information and communication technologies in the legislative process had the opportunity to exchange ideas and views about the ICT in public institutions, analyze good practices and learn from each other’s experiences.

The e-Democracy Conference lasted two days, starting on Sunday, 25th September with an opening cocktail and ending on Tuesday, 27th September 2011 with the Final remarks and conclusions session.

  • National wide integrated legislative knowledge management
  • How ICT can transform the work of parliament and government
  • Parliament and Democracy in the Twenty-first century
  • Open government
  • e-Participation

The conference included case study presentations about the e-Cabinet 2.0 solution implemented in the Government of the Republic of Albania and presented by the National Agency for Information Society of Albania and the System for the Approximation of national legislation to the EU Acquis, implemented in the Ministry of European Integration of Albania.

Conference partners

The Conference was supported by the European Union as an organizing partner. Other organizing partners of the conference were: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC; the National Democratic Institute-NDI; USAID, GIZ Albania and the SMEI II project. Kofax was the Conference supporting partner and Kapital Media Group was the Conference Media partner. The Regional Cooperation Council was also this year’s Conference partner.


100 participants from 17 countries in the SEE region, EU, USA and Middle East attended the e-Democracy Conference 2011, representing public institutions, businesses, academia and international organizations. The public institutions were represented by Parliament delegations led by Parliament Secretary General, Chairs of parliamentary committees with responsibility for ICT, Members of Parliament and Head of ICT department; Government delegations led by Secretary General and Head of ICT department, Official Journal (Publication office) delegations led by General Director and Head of ICT department. For the first time this conference was also attended by representatives from the local governments.