Viktor Uspaskich (ALDE
), in writing.
Only 23% of people in Lithuania use electronic services (eGovernment services), which is considerably lower than the EU average of 41%. The same can be said about Internet use in Lithuania, which amounts to 54%, whereas the average in the EU-27 is 70%. Recently, a lot of money from the EU’s Structural Funds and the country’s budget has been allocated to the development and improvement of e-signatures in Lithuania. As is noted in the report, the promotion of transparent and sustainable eGovernment is an important objective of the European digital agenda. This is a sensitive objective and I believe that Lithuania is interested in the promotion of digital technologies. The modernisation of public administration in Lithuania is essential. However, we should set ourselves clear priorities – it is impossible to successfully establish an eGovernment structure when the real government is not transparent and does not take sustainable decisions. Good management of everyday decisions is one of the conditions of effective e-services. The report rightly notes that e-services for business are more advanced than services for citizens. However, it does not mention the problem of the huge technological divide between urban and rural areas. This should be considered in an effective European digital agenda.