EU: Report on a competitive digital single market - eGovernment as a spearhead

Published on: 04/04/2012
Last update: 11/05/2012
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This report of the Committee on Industry, Reasearch and Energy of the European Parliament contains a motion for a European Parliament resolution.

In this motion the Committee on Industry, Research and Industry welcomes the adoption of the European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015, the European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) and the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) for European public services (EPS), and it calls on the Member States to take rapid action to align their national strategies to these overarching policies. 

The Committee notes that the main barriers to cross-border access to eServices of public administrations are related to the use of eIdentification and eSignatures, and that there is a lack of interoperability at EU level.

The Committee also considers that in order to ensure effective EU-wide cross-border eGovernment services providing two-way and/or automated interaction between administrations and citizens and/or businesses, there needs to be a clear and coherent EU legal framework for the mutual recognition of eAuthentication, eIdentification and eSignatures.

The Committee invites the Member States to develop national eGovernment strategies, in line with the objectives and targets of the eGovernment Action Plan and the Digital Agenda, as a means towards developing the European digital single market and the European eGovernance Area.

Number of pages: 30 

Nature of documentation: Audit/Parlamentary reports and evaluations

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