Digital transformation Press release

Riga, 20 May 2020 - The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development has achieved that, while continuing the ongoing reforms in the field of digital transformation of state administration and services, Latvian residents will continue to be able to receive certain e-services from national administrations in Estonia. In turn, cross-border service users from other countries will be able to receive certain e-services from Latvian state administrations.

Latvian residents, including entrepreneurs, will be able to use more than 30 Estonian public authorities electronically in the future. For example, e-services of the Estonian Customs Administration and making an income or goods declaration, receiving a report on tax payments made, registering your company as a taxpayer, using the services of the Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communication and registering its economic activity in the register of economic activities, or using the information system of the Consumer Protection Services Centre and a number of others in the Estonian State Administration e-services of the institutions.

On the other hand, citizens and entrepreneurs from seven European Union Member States will be able to access and use certain e-services on the portal, as well as some 10 other public services, such as the payment of real estate tax, submitting an electronic application to the national administrative authorities, applying for notary e-services, using the portal of the United State computerised Land Register and using the portal

In cooperation with the State Regional Development Agency, we have ensured that users of cross-border services in Latvia can use these e-services via the portal using electronic identification cards (eID). Latvian residents in Estonia can identify with an eID card on the Estonian national services portal Similarly, Latvian and Estonian businessmen can use a secure electronic signature for remote transactions.

Cross-border access to public administration services is facilitated by the introduction of the eIDAS or the Electronic Identification Regulation * and the introduction of the European Union Single Digital Gateway Regulation * *, which IS implemented IN Latvia in cooperation with other national regulatory authorities. . The implementation of the Regulation aims to ensure a common approach to cross-border services for citizens and businesses, thereby facilitating communication with national administrations and promoting business opportunities in other EU Member States, allowing the necessary digital services to be received through their national eID card.

With the implementation of the Digital Gateway Regulation, all EU Member States should ensure that e-services available in their own country are available to citizens and entrepreneurs of other EU Member States by 2023, thereby enabling them to move, learn or work freely within the EU. . The Digital Single Gateway will be operational by 2021 and should initially provide access to information on users' rights and obligations in all relevant areas of life for cross-border users.

This year on May 19, the Cabinet approved the information report on the implementation of the requirements of the Single Digital Gateway and the action plan for the implementation of the regulation in Latvia. The Action Plan for a coordinated implementation of the Single Digital Gateway requirements throughout the State Administration aims to improve existing ICT solutions, to improve the quality of the services available in the portal, to amend Latvian legislation, as well as to improve e-identity and e-signature solutions.

Ministry call on citizens and entrepreneurs to use the e-signature and eID card for the receipt and mutual certification of public services, not only locally but also internationally. . E-signature is comparable to a hand-signed document not only in Latvia but also throughout the EU. More information on e-signature opportunities is available on the portal under “How to get a secure electronic signature?”.

* Regulation (EU) No .910/2014 of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC

* * Regulation (EU) 2018/1724 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 2 October 2018 establishing a single digital gateway for access to information, procedures and assistance and problem-solving services and amending Regulation (EU) No .1024/2012 (CNG Regulation).