Government unveils platform allowing exchange of e-signature documents in public sector

The government on Monday unveiled a new digital platform that will allow public-sector services to freely exchange official documents with an electronic signature, which ministers said will usher Greece into the digital age and economy.

“We have entered a period when each person can understand the necessity for and the actions of a national digital strategy,” Digital Policy and Media Minister Nikos Pappas said as he joined Administrative Reconstruction Minister Olga Gerovasili in presenting the “Central Infrastructure for the electronic exchange between public-sector bodies of documents with advanced digital signatures”.

The new system was developed with funds from the Public Investments Programme, at what Pappas described as a low cost while bringing multiple benefits for citizens.

He noted that the national digital strategy was the cornerstone of the administrative reconstruction ministry’s efforts. Digital services, including electronic signatures, already adopted at the digital policy ministry had slashed the time and cost of transactions, he added.

Pappas said that the new system will give ministries immediate and full information concerning the movement of documents with transparency, with swift processing times and, above all, interoperability between various services.

Gerovasili, on her part, said the completion of the project will transform the public’s day-to-day transactions with the state, as well as the country’s image in the international digital environment. It was time to leave behind the notorious bureaucracy and dysfunctionality of Greece’s public sector, she added, and start picking up speed.

Unlike the previous government, which set about reforming the public sector by laying people off, the present government was delivering groundbreaking projects “that fully reflect the government’s determination to proceed with solid reforms focusing on the social state and the efficiency of public administration,” she said. The present government’s aim was making use of civil servants to create state services that were friendly to the citizens and private sector, she added, rather than cut jobs.