Bulgaria’s largest e-government project, which will enable the sharing of electronic data between more than 30 public registers, should be finalized by May 2013, according to Novinite.
The electronic exchange will help reduce the time, money,and effort spent in handling documents. Ivaylo Moscovski, the country’s transport and communication minister said he expected the financial benefits of connecting only 20 of the main registers to exceed 80 million lev ($51 million), according to Capital. The total cost of the project is 18 million lev ($11.5 million), Novinite reported.
Talks of introducing e-government in Bulgaria have been going on for about 10 years, according to Capital. But concrete development in this area started in 2010 with the first shift towards e-government in the municipality of Ihtiman, followed by a bigger project to provide an integrated web platform to 13 municipal and central government services online. The most recent news was this March’s announcement of a successful transition to a paperless Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Last May President Rosen Plevneliev addressed the nation to account for the first 100 days of term, demanding the introduction of a single e-gov institution to replace the already existing separate institutions, according to Novite.