After the end of July, Romanians will be able to pay their taxes and charges via a single portal, Communications and Information Society Gabriel Sandu said at the launch of the e-Romania portal yesterday, according to Agerpres. He added that a card would be issued free of charge to users to replace the controversial electronic signature for a while. The e-Romania platform contains general information on history, geography, administrative structure, demographics, culture and religion, education, healthcare, justice and traveling. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI) says the 20 EU-recommended services will be up and running by the end of 2009. Only 17 of them are currently operational. At least 100 national and local services will be operational by the end of 2010. Attending the event, PM Emil Boc described the e-Romania portal as a successful one that places our country on ‘the orbit of modernisation’. The premier notes that it would be a programme of national coverage giving access to information on communities, taxes, charges, or European funds. He reminded that the Government had also opened the project of the 345 internet hotspots in ball the big cities and large towns to facilitate young people’s access to the Internet and to information.