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The Ministerial Statements of E-government

The development of E-government in the European Union has party of consensus among the member states in Ministerial Statements. The last one was adopted in the city of Berlin in 2020 and strengthens the commitment of the development of the digital service based on values.

Ministerial declaration of E-government - 2020 berlin

On 8 December 2020, (Opens in new window) , se ha adoptado la Declaración ministerial de Sociedad Digital y Administración Digital basada en valores, a iniciativa de la Presidencia Alemana de la UE con el apoyo de la Comisión Europea. La declaración ha sido firmada por los países de la Unión Europea.

The general objective of this new statement is to contribute to the advancement of the digital transformation on the basis of European values and opportunities of future digitalization. Also pursues mark the road map of the Commission to align their actions with the statement, in particular in developing the plan of action of electronic administration 2021-2024.

This declaration emphasizes the opportunities of the digital transformation in particular for social participation, to address sudden and extreme challenges while respecting the fundamental rights and values; as well as the need for citizenship enjoys digital capabilities and access to technology and connectivity; reconfirmed the objectives of the declaration of Tallin; it emphasizes the need for the sovereignty of our societies in the digital world and that everyone should be able to benefit from the opportunities offered by digitalisation.

The statement includes 7 principles in which are essentially the following ideas:

  1. Validity and respect for fundamental rights and democratic values: trata una transformación digital en la que se respeten los valores y derechos fundamentales.
  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 changing the paradigm of ‘ mobile Government ’ and transparent and friendly service, while encourages societal involvement in the development of policies and to get involved in the design of services via the co-creation and collaboration.
  3. Empowerment and digital literacy: is the digital identity, interaction with the administration according to the digital approach by default, the control of the data itself and the fingerprint and acquisition of digital capabilities.
  4. Trust and security in digital Government interactions: trata la navegación segura; disponer de elementos de identificación digital; a que las aplicaciones y servicios de la administración sean seguros y confiables a la vez que se dispone de marcos regulatorios sólidos que aseguren transparencia y seguridad por defecto.
  5. Sovereignty and Digital interoperability: is European digital sovereignty; the use of open standards, the open source software, reuse of data and tools; the European strategy of data and a reinforced interoperability framework that contribute to European competitiveness and to the sovereignty of the data.
  6. Human-centred systems and innovative technologies in the public sector : is the implementation of the GUY and other innovative technologies for public policies and services focused on citizenship, while developed with a people-centred approach and ethically, inclusive and without bias.
  7. Towards a resilient and sustainable digital society : trafficking learning lessons from the pandemic COVID-19, as well as the alignment with the Agenda 2030 and the ODS, so that the digital transformation serves both individuals and society.

 

Of them are the corresponding 7 lines of action indicating major fields of action and include calls more specific actions to member states, as well as the committee and Community institutions.

  1. Promote fundamental rights and democratic values in the digital sphere : incluye promover la transformación basada en valores, trasladar valores abstractos a políticas concretas, incrementar la colaboración con el sector privado para introducir códigos de conducta.
  2. Enhance social participation and inclusion : includes implement the co-creation, facilitate the services via the mobile channel as a strategy of mobile ‘ default ’, ensure that the digital transformation is inclusive and accessible.
  3. Foster digital empowerment and digital literacy : incluye promover las capacidades digitales entre la ciudadanía y en el sector público; proporcionar servicios públicos accesibles y amigables.
  4. Strengthen trust through security in the digital sphere : incluye promover el uso de los eIDs notificados (Reglamento eIDAS); explorar acuerdos sobre requisitos de seguridad TIC; promover la reutilización responsable y legal de los datos y del principio de solo una vez.
  5. Strengthen Europe ’ s sovereignty and digital interoperability : incluye acuerdos para avanzar en la aplicación de estándares abiertos, intercambiar ideas innovadoras entre estados miembros, acordar plazos para que los servicios estén en línea.
  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 automated decisions, quality standards for data sets that nourish GUY systems.
  7. Foster resilience and sustainability : incluye cuestiones como la evaluación de las fuentes de energía y consumos de las herramientas digitales, el intercambio de datos de gestión de crisis particularmente de salud, y guías para el uso apropiado y saludable de las tecnologías digitales.

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

Berlin Ministerial Statement on a digital transformation based on values (Opens in new window) (PDF) (in Spanish)

 

The previous Ministerial Statements

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

In 2001 the ministers agreed in All (Opens in new window) that the increase priority should be given to issues of electronic administration.

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

The third of the political orientations crystallized in the Ministerial declaration on electronic administration contemplated in the Manchester (Opens in new window)  el 20 en noviembre de 2005 durante la Presidencia británica. Esta declaración dio lugar al Action Plan on E-government i2010 que fue acogido calurosamente por el Consejo de la Unión Europea en junio de 2006.

The City statement (2007) (Opens in new window) , sin suponer una reorientación estratégica profundizó en la necesidad de poner las Tecnologías de la Información en las Administraciones Públicas al servicio de una sociedad más participativa e inclusiva.

The Ministerial declaration of Malmö (2009) (Opens in new window) was adopted at a time when Europa faced economic challenges, social and environmental unprecedented. The Declaration intended to facilitate the E-government to be part of the response to the challenges posed guided by the principles to collaborate in the development of a society more participatory, contribute to strengthening the single market and be cornerstone in the construction of Public Administrations more efficient and effective.

The Tallín Ministerial declaration 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 action Plan of electronic administration 2016-2020, particularly: digital by default, inclusion and accessibility principle of only once, confidence and security, openness and transparency and interoperability by default.