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The ministerial declarations of E-government

The development of E-government in the european union has the consensus reached among member states in Ministerial Declarations. The latter was adopted in the city of Berlin in 2020 and reinforces the commitment of the development of digital administration based on values.

Ministerial Declaration of berlin E-government - 2020

On 8 december 2020, (Opens in new window) it has adopted the ministerial declaration of Digital Society and Digital Administration based on values, at the initiative of the german eu presidency with the support of the european commission. The declaration has been signed by the countries of the european Union.

The overall objective of this new declaration is to contribute to the advancement of digital transformation on the basis of european values and seize opportunities for the future of digitalisation. Also aims to make the road map of the committee to ally itself with those of the declaration, particularly in the development of the plan of action of electronic administration 2021-2024.

This statement highlights the opportunities of the digital processing in particular for the social participation, to deal with sudden and extreme challenges while respecting the rights and fundamental values; and the need for citizenship have digital capacities and access to technology and connectivity; reconfirman goals contained in tallinn; emphasises the need for the sovereignty of our societies in the digital world and that everyone should benefit from the opportunities offered by digitalisation.

The declaration includes 7 in that are essentially the following ideas:

  1. Validity and respect for fundamental rights and democratic values: a digital transformation is in the values and fundamental rights.
  2. Social participation and digital inclusion to shape the digital world: trafficking opportunities for participation without discrimination, in response to diversity and inclusion; the need to address the development paradigm of “ mobile Government ’ and transparent and user-friendly services, while encouraging the participation of society in policy development and to become involved in the design of the services by the co-creation and collaboration.
  3. Empowerment and digital literacy: the digital identity is, interaction with the administration using the default digital, own data and the fingerprint and acquisition of digital capabilities.
  4. Trust and security in digital Government interactions: is the safe navigation; have digital identification elements; to applications and services are safe and reliable while has strong regulatory frameworks that ensure transparency and security by default.
  5. Sovereignty and Digital interoperability: is european digital sovereignty; the use of open standards, of the open source software, re-use tools and databases; the european strategy and enhanced interoperability framework that will contribute to european competitiveness and the sovereignty of the data.
  6. Human-centred systems and innovative technologies in the public sector : is the implementation of the IA and other innovative technologies for public policies and services focusing on citizenship, while developed with a people-centred approach and ethically, inclusive and without bias.
  7. Towards a resilient and sustainable digital society : the learning of lessons resulting from the pandemic COVID-19, as well as the alignment with the Agenda 2030 and ODS, so that the digital processing both individuals and society.


Of them are developing appropriate 7 lines of action that brought large areas of action and include calls more specific action to member states, as well as the commission and eu institutions.

  1. Promote fundamental rights and democratic values in the digital sphere : includes promoting the transformation of values, and to move abstract values specific policies, to strengthen collaboration with the private sector to introduce codes of conduct.
  2. Enhance social participation and inclusion includes: implementation of the co-creation, provide the services through the mobile channel as a strategy of ‘ phone by default ’, to ensure that the digital processing is inclusive and accessible.
  3. Foster digital empowerment and digital literacy : includes promoting digital capacities between citizenship and the public sector; providing government services accessible and friendly.
  4. Strengthen trust through security in the digital sphere - includes promoting the use of the reported eIDs (Regulation eIDAS); explore agreements on ICT security requirements; promote reuse responsible and legal status of data and the principle of only once.
  5. Strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty and interoperability - includes agreements to move forward in the implementation of open standards, exchanging innovative ideas between member states, agreeing on timelines for the services that are online.
  6. Create value-based, human-centered AI systems for use in the public sector : includes the exchange of good practices and knowledge, promote transparency of the processes involved in the automated decisions, quality standards for data sets that fuel systems of IA.
  7. Foster resilience and sustainability - includes issues such as the evaluation of the sources of energy consumption and digital tools, data exchange crisis management, particularly health and guides for the appropriate use and healthy digital technologies.

Berlin Declaration on Digital Society an value-based digital administration (Opens in new window) (PDF) (in english)

The berlin Ministerial Declaration on a digital transformation based on values (Opens in new window) (PDF) (in spanish)

Berlin Declaration on Digital Society an value-based digital administration (Opens in new window) (official video ISA2 Programme) (in english)


The previous Ministerial Statements

The Ministerial Declarations are taken by agreement between the ministers responsible for the E-government of member states.

In 2001 the ministers agreed to in Brussels (Opens in new window) the increase is due to give priority to issues of electronic administration.

In the year 2003 As (Opens in new window) (Italy) 19 ministers emphasized the importance of effective E-government throughout europe.

The third policy guidelines crystallized in the Ministerial declaration on electronic administration within the meaning of Manchester (Opens in new window) on 20 november 2005 during the british presidency. This resulted in the declaration Action Plan on i2010 E-government that was warmly welcomed by the council of the european union in june 2006.

The Lisbon declaration (2007) (Opens in new window) , without assuming a strategic reorientation deepened the need to put information in public administrations in the service of a more participatory and inclusive.

The Malmö Ministerial declaration (2009) (Opens in new window) it was adopted at a time when europe was facing economic, social and environmental challenges. The Declaration that purported to facilitate the E-government was part of the answer to the challenges posed guided by the principles of work in the development of a more inclusive society, contribute to strengthening the single market and be a cornerstone in the building of public administration more efficient and effective.

The Ministerial declaration of Tallinn on electronic administration (2017) (Opens in new window)   (Tallinn Declaration on and Government) (Opens in new window) that reinforces the commitment to the principles of the Plan of action of electronic administration 2016-2020, particularly of the following: by default, inclusion and accessibility principle only once, confidence and security, openness and transparency and interoperability by default.