Once Only Principle presented during ninth Meeting of the Single Digital Gateway Coordination Group

The Single Digital Gateway Coordination Group dedicated to the Once-Only Principle (OOP) at on Wednesday 12 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

The meetings main attendees were the national coordinators directly involved in the topics related to the implementation of the Once-Only Principle in the Single Digital Gateway and the future implementation of the Single Digital Gateway Once-Only technical system at the national level.

Within the European Union, citizens from all Member States are free to live, work and study wherever they choose. But getting started in a new country isn’t always so easy. The Single Digital Gateway will therefore guide citizens and companies to information on national and EU rules, rights and procedures and the websites where they can carry out these procedures online. Users looking for assistance will also be guided towards problem-solving services.

In practical terms, a search function on the ‘Your Europe’ portal will give access to:

  • Information. Citizens will be able to easily find reliable, qualitative information on EU and national rules that apply to them when they want to exercise their Single Market rights
  • Procedures. Citizens will find out exactly how to carry out administrative procedures and what steps they need to follow
  • Assistance services. If users are still confused about which rules apply or have trouble with a procedure, they will be guided to the EU or national assistance service most suited to address their problem

Article 14 of the Regulation establishing the Single Digital Gateway foresees the creation of a technical system for the cross-border automated exchange of evidences and application of the Once-Only principle.

The Once Only Principle entails that citizens and businesses provide diverse data only once in contact with public administrations, while public administration bodies take actions to internally share and reuse these data – even across borders – always in respect of data protection regulations and other constraints. The Connecting Europe Facility’s digital programme supports the application of this principle.

During the Coordination Group meeting, the European Commission’s informatics department (DIGIT) presented the updated OOP Blueprint, results of the bilateral meetings with national coordinators on the Architecture Blueprint and the next steps on the OOP user journeys.

The OOP Blueprint describes the vision or the “target state” of the once-only technical system that we aim at having in place by 12 December 2023, i.e. by when article 14 shall enter into force. The elements that contributed to the creation of the OOP blueprint consist of legal interoperability, organisational interoperability, semantic interoperability, user perspective and piloting.

During the morning session the Commission’s Directorate General responsible for the internal market (GROW) organised a workshop on the requirements of the Implementing Act. In the afternoon, DG GROW together with Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and DIGIT organised the second workshop dedicated to the results of the bilateral meetings with the  national coordinators.

The overall goal of the meeting was to gather more feedback from the national coordinators on the OOP Blueprint and collect the issues they may have while deploying it in the future and integrating it to their national systems.

Last updated on  Feb 18, 2020 10:52

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