The Bulgarian government wants to increase its eGovernment efforts. It is starting a new agency in the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, by splitting the current Information Technology and eGovernment department in two. The eGovernment agency “will focus on one of the main priorities of the government”, it announced on Wednesday.
The eGovernment agency will remain part of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.
Earlier this week, the Bulgarian government emphasised its eGovernment ambitions. In a press statement on Tuesday Prime Minister Boyko Borissov explained that eGovernment is key to the success of sector reforms. "The accelerated development of e-Government is among the priorities of the Cabinet”, the Prime Minister is quoted as saying in a meeting with European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip.
On Monday, the government presented a few eGovernment services it would like to implement, including electronic documents, electronic signatures and electronic voting. The statement quotes Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who explained that the government had spent a lot of money on computers in the ministries: “Yet I notice ministers using paper”, he said.
Prime Minister Borissov also stressed the importance of increasing Internet and broadband access to all regions. “If we want to develop agriculture, farming, and socialise the villages - the businesses that will go there need to have the same resources as in the big city.” Better Internet infrastructure would also be a boon for the country’s IT professionals, he said. “Bulgaria has very good IT professionals. Our greatest joy is that many of them, who used to work abroad, are already returning to work in Bulgaria. I see a tremendous opportunity here.”
Announcement of the eGovernment agency (in Bulgarian)
Tuesday’s press statement on eGovernment
Monday’s press statement on eGovernment
Focus news item (in Bulgarian)
Computerworld news item (in Bulgarian)
Top Novini news item (in Bulgarian)