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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) , 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 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: 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: trata las oportunidades de participación sin discriminación, atendiendo a diversidad e inclusión; a la necesidad de atender la evolución al paradigma de ‘mobile Government’ y a servicios transparentes y amigables, a la vez que se anima a la participación de la sociedad en la elaboración de las políticas y a implicarse en el diseño de los servicios a través de la cocreación y la colaboración.
  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: 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, 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 : trata la aplicación de la IA y  otras tecnologías innovadoras para políticas públicas y servicios centrados en la ciudadanía, a la vez que se desarrollan con un enfoque centrado en las personas y de forma ética, inclusiva y sin sesgos.
  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)  que el aumento se debe dar prioridad a las cuestiones de la administración electrónica.

In the year 2003 As (Opens in new window)  (Italia) 19 Ministros hicieron hincapié en la importancia de una Administración Electrónica eficaz en toda Europa.

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.


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