Very soon every Bulgarian ministry or government agency will have to meet specific criteria when creating a register or any other digital system: to be open source, to have a standard interface, so that it can be connected to other administrative systems, and to operate with the system for electronic identification of citizens, which is supposed to start working very soon. This is one of the main tasks for the newly established E-government state agency. The new body will be directly subordinate to the Council of Ministers, which is underlying its importance for the government policy in this area. It will control, advise and coordinate the projects for digitalization of administrative processes and services.
The establishment of the E-agency does not mean that all government websites or software will be modernized overnight, but it is a significant step forward, marking the launch of specific rules. However, there are two quite difficult tasks before the new agency: to change the way clerks work and to impose control over the IT budgets and procurement orders of cabinet ministers who are above it in terms of hierarchy.
The new agency is expected to start functioning in no less than four months, says Grozdan Karadjov, a MP from the Reformist Bloc and ex-chair of the transport commission in parliament.