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August 9, 2022

Chamber of Deputies moves to establish National Interoperability Platform

At a plenary sitting on Wednesday, the Chamber of Deputies cast a majority favourable vote on a bill on data exchanges between information systems and the creation of the National Interoperability Platform.

The bill regulates the adoption of measures related to technologies, equipment, software and data used by them in order to contribute to increasing the degree of interconnection between computer systems of public bodies and institutions and to facilitate the exchange of data between them, starting from the principles and objectives in the European Interoperability Framework.

According to the explanatory memorandum, the main objectives of the bill are to facilitate the provision of quality public services, available round the clock and designed in accordance with the needs of the beneficiaries of such services; to promote the widespread use of information and communication technology in public administration and to increase traceability and transparency of administrative action by offering the possibility to data holders to know when their data are accessed and processed.

Increasing the degree of interconnection of information systems of public institutions and bodies, facilitating the exchange of data between public institutions and simplifying administrative processes will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the administrative action by implementing the once-only principle.

In addition, the aim is to promote interoperability in the central public administration and between the local administrations and the central administration, and also to facilitate access of private institutions to the data held by public institutions and vice versa, ensuring the security and confidentiality of data exchanges. The bill bestows the regulatory function in the field of implementing the interoperability platform on the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Transformation (MCID), and the monitoring, control and evaluation function on the Romanian Digital Transformation Authority (ADR).

Under an amendment to the bill, public bodies and institutions will take steps to make electronic services available to people who use the online environment rarely or not at all, providing them with additional ways to access public services at no additional cost.

The bill also provides for the establishment of the National Registry of Registers (RNR).

In order to ensure the security of communications through the data transmission networks used by the National Interoperability Platform, ADR will collaborate with the Special Telecommunications Service (STS).

In order to prove the authenticity of the data obtained at a certain point in time, the National Interoperability Platform offers the courts the possibility to access the logs related to modifications and access to the data on the platform.

The Senate passed the bill on June 27, 2022 as the first notified chamber. The Chamber of Deputies is the decision-making body in this case, Agerpres reports.

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