European e-government spending to increase in 2005

According to IDC, e-government IT spending in the top 5 countries in Western Europe is expected to increase over the next few years. IDC analyzed IT spending on egovernment in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. Fewer budget constraints in the U.K. will enable the government to continue pursuing its egovernment initiatives, resulting in total IT spending on e-government increasing from $828 mln in 2004 to almost $1.2 bln in 2008. The DeutschlandOnline and Information Society 2006 plans will sustain IT spending on e-government solutions in Germany in the medium to long term. Total IT spending on egovernment will grow from $985 mln in 2004 to more than $1.4 bln in 2008. The Italian government has made significant progress but still needs to increase investment to meet its e-government objectives. Total IT spending on e-government will grow from $371 mln in 2004 to more than $520 mln in 2008. Spanish IT spending on e-government solutions will increase above average, growing from $200 mln in 2004 to more than $300 mln in 2008. The ADeLE plan will drive French IT spending on egovernment solutions in the medium term. Total IT spending on e-government will increase from around $980 mln in 2004 to more than $1.3 bln in 2008.