Description of the LORIS project
The LORIS is well-established project running from 2004 and aimed on the utilization of
ICT in the administration of the modern municipal office. Its main aims were at first to
connect the representatives of twinned and/or co-operating cities from then new member
states and to enable them to share their best practices and views mainly in the aspects of
the administration of the municipal ICT in the both legislatively and technologically
turbulent times and availability of the support (both material and non-material) from the
national and European sources.
After the years, LORIS became traditional platform and every year, the meeting in
Hradec Kralove, CZ, is visited by more than 300 participants. From the beginning,
LORIS uses the synergy with the ISSS conference (biggest top-level ICT event in the Czech
Republic) to raise the awareness of fulfill its main aim–to answer the questions on some
of the contemporary municipal ICT issues and welcomes experts visiting the ISSS (EP
members, ministers, ministerial secretaries etc.) to share their views and knowledge in
the area of ICT with the invited representatives of twinned municipalities.
Second aim is to give twinned cities the platform, not only for exchange of the
information, but also to deepen existing partnerships and to meet and get to know
“partners of their partners”, thus widening the web of knowledge and good relations
across the CEEC region.
Beside the meetings in Hradec Kralove on April every year, other smaller meeting will
take place in some of the partner cities, aimed more on specific issues of their twinnings
and partnership and cross-border co-operation.
Main objectives of the LORIS project
- Giving citizen the opportunity to interact and participate in constructing a
tighter-knit Europe, which is democratic and world-oriented, united and enriched by its
cultural diversity, thus developing citizenship of the European Union.
- As the contemporary European society is based upon tight cross-border and international
ties, it is also the main goal of the project to deepen existing friendships and
partnerships, to help to establish new relationships and even help with the closing of new
- Developing thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns and encouraging local
authorities to create co-operation networks related to their involvement in development
- As discussed above, tight and united Europe can not exist without the working
relationships of the regions, municipalities and citizens. Thus to enable the twinning
cities and their partners to meet and discuss is one of the best ways of getting them to
cooperate closer and find a new ties and partners.
- Contributing to informal learning for active European citizenship
- Institutional development is one of the hot discussion topics during the cities’
meetings as current trend of decentralization of administrative responsibilities and
direct dialogue of large municipalities with European bodies brings both new opportunities
and new responsibilities to the municipal officers. Regular meeting can help to enlighten
some of the questions as well as bring the mentioned best practices of one town to others.
Dutiful officers should be prepared to learn and gain new information to do a better job
and to make the life of the citizens of their towns easier and more enjoyable.
- Fostering cross-fertilisation (synergies and wider multiplier effect) involving
different types of organisations.
- Modern municipality can not (and should not) try to embrace all the aspects of modern
public life. Some of the roles should be left to other organizations, be it NGOs or
private companies related with the offices through the public law contracts of any kind.
This helps to lower the maintenance costs of the municipality, provide employment to
people in private sector and also significantly involve the citizens in the public life.
- During the LORIS project’s events, sections aimed mainly on the role of NGOs will be
held. For example we have traditional partnership with BlindFriendly (CZ) organization and
its partners from other countries and their presentations bring a lot of useful
information to the municipal officers. They can try to “walk in the shoes” of disabled
citizens, better understanding their needs and thus learn how to make their life easier.
In the field of municipal ICT it means upgraded websites, hotlines, special forms and
similar but also more suitable and open approach to people with special needs.
- Making the program equally accessible to all
- Topics of the LORIS events are aimed mainly on the issues of municipal offices and
officers as an occupational group and thanks to the diversity of this group, there is no
danger of any disqualification based upon age or gender, as the target group is diverse
enough in this way.
The LORIS project publicity
Wide coverage in the newspapers and national media is ensured mainly in the Czech
Republic and Slovakia thanks to the synergy with the national ISSS conference and two main
LORIS events. All the information will be also available on the Web pages of participating
twinning cities. The results will be also disseminated through the European municipal
networks the partner cities are members of, e.g. Global Cities Dialogue, ELANET, etc. The
Guidebook will be created and made available for all the participants and other relevant
institutions. Through the Web pages it will be available for the free download as well,
making it accessible to general public.
The results of some of the two main activities will also be presented to more than
2000 participants of ISSS Conference (organized parallel with LORIS Conference). In
this way the results of the town twinning collaboration will be disseminated among other