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Parliamentary questions
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7 January 2019
E-005360/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005360/2018

The Commission takes a number of actions to foster digitalisation of public services.

In the first-ever Digital Europe programme(1) the Commission proposes to allocate EUR 1.3 billion in the next long-term budget to a large part to the deployment and best use of digital capacities and interoperability in the public sector and areas of public interest. This will serve to strengthen the efforts currently undertaken.

Member States are assisted in deploying innovative technologies through initiatives such as the High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking(2), European Blockchain Partnership(3), Artificial Intelligence for Europe(4),(5) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)(6).

The eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020(7), endorsed in the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment(8), contains a set of 25 concrete actions enabling the digital transformation.

The Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA2) programme promotes interoperability(9), provides a platform to share IT solutions (Joinup(10)) and the European Interoperability Framework(11). These efforts support the regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS)(12),(13) and the Single Digital Gateway Regulation(14), incorporating the once-only principle. Innovation in public services is supported under Horizon 2020(15).

The Digital Strategy of the European Commission was recently adopted(16). It sets a vision for the Commission to become a digitally transformed, user-focused and data-driven administration by 2022. The strategy identifies key actions to deliver a digital Commission, facilitate borderless digital public services and strengthen cyber-security, leveraging the potential of data and artificial intelligence for policy-making.

(1)European Commission — Press Release, EU budget: Commission proposes EUR 9.2 billion investment in first ever digital programme
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/high-performance-computing
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/european-countries-join-blockchain-partnership
(4)COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Artificial Intelligence for Europe (COM(2018) 237 final)
(5)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/new-study-digital-government-apis-apis4dgov-project
(6)Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility, amending Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 and repealing Regulations (EC) No 680/2007 and (EC) No 67/2010
(7)EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 Accelerating the digital transformation of government (COM(2016) 179 final)
(8)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/ministerial-declaration-egovernment-tallinn-declaration
(9)ISA² | Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens
(10)https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/
(11)https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/eif_en
(12)REGULATION (EU) No 910/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC
(13)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/trust-services-and-eid
(14)REGULATION (EU) 2018/1724 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 2 October 2018 establishing a single digital gateway to provide access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012
(15)Horizon 2020 — European Commission
(16)https://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/informatics/item-detail.cfm?item_id=638373

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