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17 September 2014

Digital technology to transform the State

The Government's project to use digital technology as the key tool for transforming the State has just been presented to the Council of Ministers.
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Just a few weeks ago, France was ranked by the United Nations as the European number one and world number 4 for e-Government. More than half (53%) of French people now pay their taxes online, while 86% of farmers apply for aid under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) online.
In the last few months, the Government has taken steps to reduce administrative burdens on business through digital technology. An ambitious policy of open and freely available public data has also been developed. This has resulted in the recent release of the public database of medicinal products, and the opening of data on fuel prices and public aid granted to 17 foreign countries. The digital transformation also provides Government officials with the means to produce a higher quality of public services.
Today the State has embarked on a genuine digital strategy: the Government will first invest in the quality of infrastructure, within the framework of the State information system, which was placed under the direct responsibility of the Prime Minister over the summer. The challenge is to strengthen the investment process for more ambitious, more secure and better managed projects, from the point of view of both costs and deadlines. An Investments for the Future Programme fund dedicated to modernising the State will be mobilised to encourage innovative projects. The first calls for projects will be launched in the coming days.
This week, the Prime Minister will appoint the first Chief Data Officer in a European country, who will be responsible for using public data to improve public service. The principle of access to public data will be set out in a law on digital technology, after a public consultation organised by the French Digital Council: the aim will notably be to encourage citizens, journalists, entrepreneurs, researchers and civil society to use the data to create value and new services for the public.
Finally, the dematerialisation of relations between administrations and citizens or businesses will be accelerated. As of next week, a barometer measuring the use of digital public services will be regularly published in order to meet the 2016 objective of 50% of users relying on digital public services. An ordinance will shortly enable all citizens to contact the administrative services by e-mail or via an online service: within one year, 100% of State procedures that do not require citizens to visit a point of service will be available online. On 15 October, the Government will present the new electronic and smartphone services to be rapidly put in place by the various ministries in order to simplify administrative procedures for users. Lastly, as of 2017, it will be possible to send paperless invoices to all State suppliers, which will result in estimated savings of €700 million per year for businesses and the public sector.