The Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe identified eGovernment as one of the key elements to maximise the growth potential of the digital economy and to achieve an inclusive digital Europe. It announced the launch of an eGovernment Action Plan ('Action Plan') for the period of 2016-2020; which was published in April 2016, setting out the vision, underlying principles and policy priorities, which constitute the following pillars of the Action Plan:
- Modernising public administration with ICT, using key digital enablers (Pillar 1),
- Enabling cross-border mobility with digital public services (Pillar 2) and
- Facilitating digital interaction between administrations and citizens/businesses (Pillar 3).
The Action Plan focuses on some particularly impactful actions that will help accelerate the digital transformation of government through these principles. The recently published Midterm Review of the Digital Single Market Strategy further emphasised the need to strengthen the transformation of public administrations and added 5 new actions.
While each action has its own implementation strategy with indicators to measure its progress, this additional information provides further background information on them. This information will be updated on a quarterly basis to reflect tasks accomplished or milestones achieved.
Please note that progress is indicated by using the following descriptions, indicating the status of the action as laid down in the Action Plan:
- On track: the initiative, as proposed by the Commission in the Action Plan, is progressing well and is on time in view of its target date.
- Completed: the initiative, as proposed by the Commission in the Action Plan, has been achieved. This does not however, mean that the action is fully implemented across the EU.
- Delayed: the initiative, as proposed by the Commission in the Action Plan, is behind schedule in view of its target date.
- Cancelled: the initiative, as proposed by the Commission in the Action Plan, has been stopped.