The eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 was published a year ago, on 19/04/2016, as part of a package of initiatives related to the realisation of the Digital Single Market (DSM). While the Commission is reviewing the progress made towards completing the Digital Single Market and will publish the DSM Midterm Review in May, we are now taking stock of the efforts made in accelerating the digital transformation of government. What have we achieved together in eGovernment, since the Action Plan was published?

The eGOV4EU platform, to facilitate the emergence of new ideas for action was launched at the beginning of June 2016. During its first cycle, more than 30 ideas were expressed and four themes were picked up for further developments. As the Action Plan provides for a dynamic and flexible approach, your ideas are still welcome; so please let us know public administrations can do better.

The Action Plan set out an ambitious vision for public administrations and introduced a number of key principles, such as 'digital-by-default', 'once-only' and 'cross-border by default', in order to reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses and to facilitate mobility in the EU.

Beyond the principles and ambitious policy priorities, the Action Plan also identified 20 concrete actions, some with target dates in 2016 and 2017. All actions are on track and their progress can be followed on the Actions dashboard.

We said we would make the Action Plan a catalyst, 'to coordinate public sector modernisation efforts and resources in the field of eGovernment'. We are doing this by stepping up our efforts in reaching out to local and regional administrations (LRAs), who are at the forefront of delivering many of the services in order to increase the impact of the Action Plan on people's lives.

So what's next? We will continue pursuing our objectives in making the Action Plan a catalyst and looking forward to another fruitful year of progress in accelerating the digital transformation of government in the EU, for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public administrations.

Read more in the blog post on eGovernment4EU