The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talked about the digital transformation of the state and the economy, which constitutes a central initiative of the government, while speaking at the Digital Economy Forum 2019 conference organized by the Hellenic Association of Information and Communications Enterprises.
Indeed, since any debts from the economic policy have been more or less been paid back (the “commitments” are largely negated by reality), the prime minister is now focusing on improving the day-to-day lives of citizens, which are largely dependent on digital transformation.
After stating that his policy was based on the establishment of a Ministry with a clear orientation and character, adding that the Digital Governance portfolio is now distinct from the old Digital Policy Ministry, he mentioned initiatives already voted on:
- Simplifying the licensing of mobile antenna systems … A highly important measure, as the new 5th generation networks that will require more antennas are just around the corner.
- Creating a Single Digital Map: It is our intention that all so-called geospatial elements – such as land uses and urban planning information – be in one single, accessible to the public portal.
- Creating the digital portal gov.gr : A cross section that will serve as a bridge for a whole new relationship between citizens and the state.
- Redesigning a National Cyber Security Authority: A necessity nowadays, which constitutes one of our priorities in our effort to tackle cyber warfare incidents that arise in various parts of the world, eroding state security and undermining the democratic process, which often victimizes businesses as well.
He made extensive reference to the establishment of the gov.gr platform as a unique portal for public access to the Public Sector and its services… At the beginning, this portal will bring together all public services that already provide their digital services. Adding, however, two of the most widespread acts of citizenship: delegated acts and solemn declaration. Most of the services provided by the state in the traditional way now will also be integrated in the platform. Moreover, since it is a rolling four-year programming, more and more new elements will be incorporated. The portal, however, will be available for its first implementation in the first half of 2020.
He talked about the new form of IDs in accordance with the Estonian model … They will be colored, with a modern digital infrastructure and will provide digital signatures for citizens. Something that will allow us from now on to communicate and exchange services from distance, without our physical presence.
He further explained “that our identification strategy will also include the use of a single number for our transactions with the State. The VAT identification number, the AMKA, the ID number and so many other numbers will be merged into one number associated with the new IDs. A specific serial number will be assigned to each child at birth, which every citizen will carry throughout their lives”.
Another objective is to simplify the procedures for public relations transactions by completing the relevant National Program. “Based on the “once only” principle. The State will no longer ask the citizens to provide again and again what data has already been given… Because simplifying procedures is the other side of digitization. Otherwise, all we could do would be to turn the old bureaucracy into a modern and electronic one.
As an example, he referred to the link between the Public Revenue Office and the Ministry of Interior Affairs’ Citizen Register, announced a few days ago. “… From 1 December, citizens will no longer be required to submit to the Tax Authorities documents relating to civil life events. Marriage, birth or divorce certificates, as well as any changes in family status, will be exchanged only between services from now on”.
The fourth objective provides for access to new telecommunications, he said and explained: “A basic, that is, an individual and social need. Already, we have opened the debate on the project ‘Ultra Fast Broadband’. We have also announced a detailed timetable for the launch of the 5G spectrum by mid-2021; with a focus on the long-term investment, so that Greece can finally scale up its digital infrastructure”.
Finally, Mr. Mitsotakis said that in the context of the digital transformation in general, “It is therefore necessary for mobile providers to adjust their pricing policies downwards. That is, so that they themselves can be able to assist the digital venture. Honest discussions, honest solutions”. /ibna