Government Issue 23

Issue 23 of Government highlights the digital ambitions of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, efforts to protect vulnerable members of society, the role smart cities can play in battling climate change, and the practical concerns Europe is facing in the transition towards the electric vehicles.

How is European governance changing?

How is the digital agenda changing healthcare?

  • The European Public Health Alliance explains the growing role of digital technologies in all aspects of healthcare;
  • Jon Liebling of the United Patients Alliance makes the case for legalising medical cannabis; and
  • Susanne Sondergaard and Marta Kepe of RAND Europe warn that there is a lack of clarity over medical support for military operations.

What are the latest developments in transport?

  • Espen Hauge from AVERE talks about his organisation’s ambitions for widespread electric transport across Europe;
  • The European Maritime Safety Agency outlines how new digital approaches are preventing maritime pollution; and
  • Christophe Tytgat of SEA Europe talks about how technology is set to change shipping forever.

How are cities becoming smarter?

  • The city of Ljubljana celebrates its success in encouraging people to cycle;
  • Denmark’s State of Green public-private partnership discusses how technologies can serve to reduce the environmental impact of cities;
  • Professor Luis Muñoz of Smart Santander offers an overview of how a digital approach is transforming his city;
  • Virginia Janssens of EUROPEN explains the need for a resource-efficient, competitive circular economy.