Estonian e-Governance Academy leads digital transformation tasks of EU project in Ukraine

The Estonian e-Governance Academy leads the development of the Ukrainian digital state as part of an EU research project titled EU4DigitalUA, the total volume of which amounts to 25 million euros; the budget of the activities implemented by the e-Governance Academy totals 9.6 million euros, informs LETA/BNS.

The e-Governance Academy’s tasks in the project are focused on the development of digital government infrastructure, modernization of public e-services, and further development of cyber security and data protection capacities. All activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, according to the e-Governance Academy.

“Ukraine is strongly committed to digital transformation. The EU supports Ukraine’s further digital development to raise the country’s competitiveness, improve electronic public services for Ukrainian citizens and businesses and foster approximation with the EU digital single market”, ambassador Matti Maasikas, head of delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, said.

Hannes Astok, executive director of the e-Governance Academy said that the academy has successfully implemented complex e-government projects in Ukraine since 2012.

“The data exchange system Trembita and the information system Vulyk for administrative service centers are the most remarkable fruits of our previous collaboration. We use our best practices of building the Estonian digital government to assist Ukrainian people in making their next leap towards a more transparent and efficient society,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov said that Ukraine is grateful for the EU supporting its digital transformation.

“For more than a year, the team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation has been building a digital state. One of our goals is to create convenient government services. We have already launched the mobile application and portal of electronic services Diya, introduced the world’s first digital passports and shortened business registration to 15 minutes. We are ready to share experiences with other countries and improve the projects we work on every day. Thanks to the EU assistance, Ukraine will raise the quality of digital changes,” he noted.

e-Governance Academy’s tasks include connecting primary registers to the data exchange system Trembita as well as developing a nation-wide personal identifier, a government-issued digital identity, and the address registry. The project will also visualize information about broadband access in Ukraine.

The task of public e-services development includes capacity-building to government organisations to design and implement modern and complex e-services.

Cyber security tasks are focused on improving the capacity of government institutions to tackle cyber threats and provide citizens with control over their data that is used by the government.

EU4DigitalUA is the largest bilateral EU e-governance and digital program in any EU partner country. The components of the program will be implemented by the e-Governance Academy and FIIAPP from Spain.

The project is a continuation of the EGOV4UKRAINE project activities of the U-LEAD with Europe program, implemented in 2016-2020 by the EU and the member states’ support. The EGOV4UKRAINE project developed and implemented a backbone for public e-services, the Trembita system, and the modern information system Vulyk for administrative service centers to support the provision of public services.

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