In the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, and in alignment with the EIF recommendations, the representatives of 32 European countries (EU members + EFTA partners) signed this 06th of October the Tallinn Declaration on e-Governement.
Targets will be implemented through a specific task force along the next five years:
- Digital by default and inclusiveness: raise citizens’ awareness on the benefits of the digital world and provide them new digital and user-friendly solutions in their interaction with the public administration;
- Once only principle: tackle redundant administrative burden in public services and collect data in a coordinated way by the public authority, that will be able to reuse them respecting data protection rules;
- Trust and security: guarantee confidentiality and fight against cyberattacks while ensuring access to electronic identification (eID) and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS);
- Openness and transparency: enable the possibility for people and business to access personal data held by the public administration and asking the Commission to engage in open government steps at his relevant level
- Interoperability by default: integrate instruments and a call to public authorities to oblige cross-border interoperable solution compatibles with European frameworks and standards;
- Horizontal enabling policy steps: improve the digital leadership skills and the IT education in every level of the public administrations for guaranteeing the citizenship to interface skilled persons and efficient tools; one step would be to warmly welcoming exchange and sharing of good eGovernment practices and successful domestic solutions, to speed up the digital transformation at all levels of government – including by enhancing the joint governance structures with local and regional authorities
The signers ask the relevant European institution to supervise the goals with recurrent follow-up (also involving the next presidencies of the European Council).
More to read about the Tallinn e-Governement declaration on the ISA² website.