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October 12, 2011

Fujitsu to implement electronic platform for Finland’s e-participation programme

Programme aims to promote electronic services to citizens and companies by 2013

By CBR Staff Writer

The Finalnd arm of Information and Comunications Technology offerings provider Fujitsu and ICT Service Centre for the Judicial Administration (OTTK)have signed an agreement whereby Fujitsu will implement an electronic services platform for the new Finnish e-participation environment.

The e-participation environment project is part of the eServices and eDemocracy Program (SADe), led by the Ministry of Finance. The programme aims to promote electronic services so that citizens and companies will have access to electronic services, covering all the key public administration services by the year 2013.

The agreement also covers the maintenance, support services and further development of the platform, said Fujitsu. It will build the platform using Microsoft’s SharePoint and Fujitsu’s own NetCommunity tools, said the Tokyo-based company.

In addition to the platform, the e-participation environment will be equipped with various electronic services, built through associated projects, said Fujitsu.

Finland Ministry of Justice project manager Mikko Levämäki said the new service will allow all citizens to participate in current affairs regardless of time and place.

Levämäki continued, "People will have easier access to information and it will be easier to have an influence or impact on decision-making. Moreover, the authorities’ preparatory work will be more efficient and it will involve more people. The transparency of decision-making and decisions will increase, and the contacts of citizens can be better targeted."

The platform is scheduled to be up and running in March 2012.

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