About the Inter-Municipality Initiative

The Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions has been under way since February 2011. Its development is documented by the memos of the meetings. The names of  the organizations involved and the Members are published.

The eRegion as a research and development area has been a component of the annual Bled eConferences and various events organized in Slovenia and the neighboring countries since 2000.

A major focus of the initiative is to encourage organizations having interest in any aspect of cross-border eBusiness in the region to engage in a joint Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based prototype development. A prototype is the beginning of an action leading to a possible joint EU project proposal of an eSolution or an eService development solving a problem shared by the organization in at least three countries.

Prototype presentations are in a line with the Living Labs and the Open Innovation concept and methodology. The Living Labs promote user-driven methods and tools for improving the real-world development of products and services. A special focus is at the cross-border eSolutions and eServices. At the national level the idea on the Living Labs  has been promoted by the action Innovation for Life Quality – Slovenia Living Lab  in June 2007.

Activities of the initiative are the following: thematic meetings, workshops, prototypes development, annual conference The eRegions Conference: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development. Its members represent various organizations.

The annual eRegions conference has been triggered by five preparatory meetings of the initiative in Slovenia:

February 10, 2011 Initiative Meeting, Rectorate, University of Maribor, 1st Meeting (working language Slovene)
April 21, 2011 Initiative Meeting, Town Municipality of Novo mesto, 2nd Meeting (working language Slovene)
June 6, 2011 Initiative Meeting, Rectorate, University of Primorska in Koper, 3rd Meeting (working language Slovene)
September 9, 2011 4th Initiative Meeting = 1st Danube eRegion Conference, Ljubljana (working language English)
January 17, 2012 eCollaboration & Diplomacy, 5th Initiative Meeting in Ljubljana (working language English)