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GGIS(2006)1E Fin.

Strasbourg, 23 November 2006

Meeting to Review developments in the field of e-voting since the adoption of Recommendation Rec(2004)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on legal, operational and technical standards for e-voting

    Strasbourg, Palais de l’Europe, Room 10
    23-24 November 2006

Opening of the meeting: Thursday, 23 November at 9.30 am
Closing of the meeting: Friday, 24 November at 5 pm
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(including links to presentations)

Thursday, 23 November

9.30 am Opening session

Introduction of participants

Background and objectives of the meeting – Introductory statement by the Secretariat

10.15 am First Session: E-voting initiatives and good practice in member states

      Chair: Mr José-Manuel Rodriguez, Ministry of Public Administration, Spain, Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Ad-Hoc Group on legal, operational and technical standards for e-enabled voting (IP1-S-EE, 2003-2004)

      Switzerland:
      Ms Nadja Braun, Swiss Federal Chancellery, Head of e-voting project: An evaluation of Swiss e-voting Pilot Projects and how to proceed

      Estonia:

    Ms Epp Maaten, Councillor of the elections department

      Chancellery of the Riigikogu: The nationwide e-voting pilot at the Estonian local elections in 2005

      France:
      Mr Marc Pichon de Vendeuil, Deputy Head of the Office for Elections and Political Studies, Ministry of the Interior and Spatial Planning: The e-voting Pilot for expatriate voters in June 2006

11 – 11.30 am Coffee break

      The Netherlands:
      Ms Susanne Caarls, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations: The e-voting Pilot for expatriate voters in November 2006

      Russian Federation:
      Mr Victor V. Yashchenko, Head of the Federal Center of Information Technologies under the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation: Report on the application of Information technologies in the Russian Federation 2004-2006

      Sweden:
      Mr Marcus Brixskiöld, Director, Division for democratic issues and Human Rights, Ministry of Justice: The role of local governments with regard to pilot projects on e-consultation, with a view to using e-voting in referendums

      Progress reports from other Council of Europe member states

      Discussion

1 pm Lunch break

2.30 pm Second Session: Reports from relevant recent events

      Chair: Mr Michael Remmert, Head of the “Good Governance in the Information Society” project, Council of Europe

      Mr Alexander Trechsel, Professor at the European University Institute: Conference on e-Voting: Lessons learnt and future challenges, Tallinn,
      27-28 October 2006

      Mr Robert Krimmer, Competence Centre for Electronic Voting and Participation, Austria: Second International Workshop on e-voting, Castle Hofen near Bregenz/Austria, 2-4 August 2006

      Mr Thomas Buchsbaum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austria, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on e-democracy (CAHDE): The potential of ICT to facilitate public participation in addition to electoral processes

Discussion

3.30 pm Coffee Break

4 pm – 5pm Third session: Assessing the scope of e-voting in Council of Europe member states

United Kingdom:

Discussion

5.30 pm Reception offered by the Director General of Political Affairs, Blue Restaurant of the Council of Europe

Friday, 24 November

9.30 am Third session continued

Germany:
Ms Gabriele Roth, Federal Ministry of the Interior:

Lithuania:

Discussion

10.45 am Coffee break

11.15 am Fourth session: Technical issues

      Chair: Mr Michel Warynski, Head of the Geneva e-voting Project, Chancellery of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, Chairman of the Technical sub-group of IP1-S-EE (EE-S-TS, 2003-2004)

      Mr Herbert Leitold, Secure Information Technology Center, Graz, Austria: Overview of technical developments

      Mr Gerhard Skagestein, Norway (awarded prize for best paper at Bregenz e-voting Workshop 2006): Increasing trust in remote e-voting

      Mr John Borras, UK, OASIS: EML (Election Markup Language) and other technical aspects

      Ms Melanie Volkamer, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken: The Project on “Protection Profiles for e-voting systems”

Discussion

12.30 pm Lunch

2 pm Fifth session: Activities and projects by International Organisations and other stakeholders

Discussion

3.15 pm Concluding session: Looking ahead - Future prospects and challenges, and the role of the Council of Europe

General Discussion

4.15 pm Press briefing