Following Estonia, Bulgaria is having the EU Presidency for six months as of 1st January 2018. The Digital Single Market remains very high in their priorities with the objective to create a clear and simplified legal environment while ensuring a high level of user protection.
Under the auspices of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministers of the 28 EU countries signed and released on 6th October 2017 the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment. The declaration lists promising future developments for the digital transformation of public services that could be beneficial to older people.
For instance, the annex on user-centricity principles recalls that efforts will be made by public administrations “to reduce the administrative burden on citizens (…) by offering personalised and pro-active services“. It sets out six lines of policy action, including inclusiveness and accessibility, security, openness and transparency, and interoperability (read the full article here).
Digitalisation and accessibility high on the Bulgarian agenda
Bulgaria aims at completing a competitive and fair Digital Single Market by creating a clear and simplified legal environment while ensuring a high level of user protection. Focus is also put on making efforts towards creating a fairer society, notably by fostering full social inclusion for persons with disabilities and launching policies to combat poverty and social exclusion.
Among the policy dossiers on the table, Bulgaria plans on working on the European Accessibility Act, the coordination of social security systems, work-life balance, and new skills. Last but not least, it will organise a Digital Assembly jointly with the European Commission on 25th-26th June 2018.
All in all, the Bulgarian Presidency will continue the work carried out by Estonia on the Digital Single Market, with a relevant focus on citizens and inclusiveness.
More information can be found at: https://eu2018bg.bg/en