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Minister-delegate for European Affairs Negrescu: In order to manage the European business system, we test IT solutions enabling less red tape

Romania will test IT solutions that will allow less red tape in order to manage the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European business system, Romania’s Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu announced on Wednesday.

“We, in order to manage the presidency and to manage the European business system, have begun to work on and we will test several IT solutions that will allow us to cut through red tape and also to make our activities more efficient. We have developed accreditation modules for all our participants during the presidency; we have developed a computerised flow that will allow the discussion and approval circuit for European affairs to be fast and computerised. We have developed a direct communication module between all our teams – we are talking about 1,500 experts who will be involved during the presidency (…) .We want an application process that we can manage and secure. We have developed our cloud for document transfer and European business management and now we are working on the latest modules, including event management,” Negrescu explained at a roundtable conference on the new digital era and its implications for Romania.

He said these aspects were achieved using the competence of the public system.

The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will focus on citizens’ priorities, he added.

He mentioned that the digital industry, digital competence, digitisation, innovation are all placed at the highest level in what represents Romania’s ambitions during the presidency of the EU Council.

“It is important for us to be prepared for this. The industry has asked for more information, and I have also requested in my capacity as minister responsible for the organisations (…) to step up information campaigns, with a number of actions already anticipated in this sense,” added Negrescu.

In his turn, Catalin Drula, Chair of the Chamber of Deputies’ Information Technology Committee, said that digitisation seen by governments was rather “a long series of fast forwarded improvisations and measures.” He believes it’s time for Romania to take a stand on the digitisation of the public administration.

Negrescu attended a roundtable conference called “Opportunities and Challenges in the New Digital Era. Implications for Romania.”

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