Who's Who: Session A4


Session A4. Simplification Strategies through E-government













- Erwin de Pue

Commissioner General, Agency for Administrative Simplification, Belgium


Mr. De Pue has been the director general of the Administrative Simplification Agency since 1999. After a decade of working in the better regulation business, simplification almost runs through his veins. Mr De Pue succeeded in implementing the simplification idea within the government, by showing that it really works, that change can actually happen, that co-operation between administrations and between federal and regional departments regions is possible. It is just a matter of being pragmatic, patient and staying focused on your goal.
Thanks to close partnerships with business federations and administrations he was able to realise some major simplification projects, e.g. the electronic creation of a business, the Cross Road Bank for Enterprises and the one stop shops. Nevertheless, small simplification projects are equally important to him. Together with the Agency he developed hundreds of simplification proposals. Mr. De Pue was a member of the Mandelkern group and is the Belgian representative in the High Level Group Better Regulation. He considers regulation as a means to make things happen. To him, practicality and clarity of regulation is far more important than the use of perfect legal terminology. He has a master in national and European law.







- Maria Manuel Leitão Marques

Secretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Portugal


Mrs. Maria Manuel Leitão Marques is Secretary of State for Administrative Modernisation (responsible for e-Government and cutting red tape policies, namely the Simplex Programme). She holds a law degree from the University of Coimbra, and a PhD in Economics (Economic Law) from the University of Coimbra, where she is Full Professor. She is Vice-President of the Association Internationale de Droit Economique and Co-ordinator of several national and international research projects, about Economic Law, Competition and Sociology of Law, with many works published in these areas.








- Alaa Kotb

Vice President of the State Council, Egypt


Born in 1969, Mr. Alaa Kotb holds a Graduate diploma in Law (1990), a High Diploma of Public Law (Ain Shams Univ, 1993); a Masters degree in International Public Affairs (IDAI, 1994); a High Diploma in International Relations (International Institute of Public Affaires, Paris – 1995); a DESS in Public Law and Administration (Paris I Sorbonne Univ., Paris – 1996); a Master's degree in public Administration (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris – 2000). He is Councilor and Vice-president of the Egyptian State Council, legal advisor for his Excellency the Egyptian Ministry of Administrative Development and for the national fund of finance. He is the former legal advisor to his Excellency the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry.









- Eva Meiling

Deputy Director General, Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Denmark


Mrs. Eva Meiling has a background in law from the University of Copenhagen and started her career as an attorney. After joining the public sector her experiences include working for the Ministry of Social Affairs, the National IT and Telecom Agency, and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. She has been Deputy Director in the Commerce and Companies Agency Since 2007. In co-operation with the Ministry of Finance, the Agency plays a key role in the efforts to provide Better Regulation for business and ensure administrative simplification, an agenda to which Mrs. Meiling is highly dedicated. This work includes increased use of E-governance and reuse of data across Government agencies so businesses only have to provide the same information once. Mrs. Meiling sits on the board for the business portal Virk.dk and the board for co-ordinating E-government initiatives.







- Pierre Schilling

Deputy Director, Centre des technologies de l'information de l'Etat, Luxembourg


Pierre Schilling studied computer sciences in Nancy (France). He has over 30 years of professional experience and has held various management and consulting positions in the several local industries before joining the public administration as a coordinator for the national e-Government programme. On creation of the « Centre des technologies de l’information de l’Etat » in 2009, Pierre was nominated Deputy Director of this new administration. His areas of expertise are PMO (project management office), BPM (business process management), ECM (enterprise content management), application design and development. Pierre was particularly involved in the architecture of “De Guichet”, Luxembourg’s Internet portal for citizen and business e-services.




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