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- The Lithuanian Government launches electronic signature
Today Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and the ministers have put their first electronic signatures to the legal acts passed by the Government. Thus Lithuania has made an important step in e-solutions development and has joined the leading European states.
“I am delighted that Lithuania continues to strengthen its positions as a modern and dynamic state. With the introduction of the electronic signature system and electronic documents, the Government has become an excellent example to the other public and private sector organisations”, said Prime Minister during the signing ceremony.
The electronic signature system will allow the Government, while drawing and passing its legal acts, to abandon paper copies, and to save the working time of ministry clerks, for in future no time will be wasted for carrying passed legal acts from one institution to another for a signature thereto. The Cabinet will be able to electronically sign the legal acts submitted thereto at any convenient time and in any place. The Government will also use the electronic signature information system ELPAS for the submission of draft Presidential decrees as well as draft laws to the Seimas.
With the introduction of the Government electronic signature information system, Lithuania has joined the ranks of the leading EU member states in this respect. Governments of the neighbouring states Latvia and Poland have not yet started using electronic signature in their work.
It is expected that the step made by the Lithuanian Government will encourage the spread of electronic documents both in the public and private sectors. The electronic signature system ELPAS has been gratuitously designed by the UAB Mitsoft in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister. Ministry of the Interior has organized production of special applications for the electronic signature, as well as tuning of the Cabinet public servant cards to the system.
According to the European Commission data of 2010, in general Lithuania has achieved more than 84 % of the maturity level of the Internet public service accessibility. Recently the number of the on-line public services has grown by 100 % in Lithuania: services related to income taxes, student allowances, issue of construction permits, public library services, enrolment to higher education establishments, social benefits, customs declarations, public procurement, and other fields, can be fully accessed on-line.