The aim of this publication is to take an ‘x-ray’ of CEE e-government and provide readers with an in-depth comparative study of e-government phenomena in the CEE region. The CEE region covers a very diverse set of countries, which have in many respects very little in common, geographically, historically, politically, and economically. Yet there is one common factor; most of these countries are emerging from the hegemony of the Soviet Empire. And, as they do so, more liberal governmental and democratic values are being struggled with. So, although there is much diversity in the region there is a common point of reference and a trajectory of change and development that brings value to a collection of papers on CEE.
The countries of CEE include those placed by the Cap Gemini regular measurements (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, 2006) that belong in the upper third of the EU25’s most advanced countries for e-government readiness, while there are many countries in the same region that still find themselves at the very beginning of this process. This diversity has led to change the course of observation and set somewhat different criteria for this publication.