In the plans of the Ministry of Digital Governance, they are to be issued automatically and drawn directly from the competent bodies electronically on behalf of the citizen
Her abolition of issuing and presentation of certificates by the citizen within the spring plans the Ministry of Digital Governance, taking into account the large number of issuance of census certificates on a monthly basis. According to information, in the space of just one month, specifically last December, a total of 176,645 marital status certificates, 41,070 birth certificates, 1,087 citizenship certificates, 12,203 next-of-kin certificates, 9,868 marriage certificates, 18,700 birth certificates, 1,460 cohabitation contracts were issued. 11,813 death certificates, 33,306 copies of criminal records, 1,984 declarations of loss of identity, 1751 names, 997 baptism declarations, 250 civil marriage licenses.
It is worth mentioning that the certificates that exist today and are issued are hundreds and come from a multitude of public administration bodies. For example, more than 8.6 million family status certificates and more than 2 million birth certificates have been issued in the last 4 years through gov.gr and the KEP, without even counting those issued by the municipalities themselves.
The certificates that citizens are expected to stop issuing, as they will not need to, are census certificates, such as birth, marital status, citizenship. Ministry sources point out that in his plans minister, Dimitris Papastergiou is to be issued automatically and drawn directly from the competent bodies electronically on behalf of the citizen, in order to limit the digital bureaucracy.
As he has emphasized, Mr. Papastergiou, the next step planned and prepared by the ministry is to move from the circulation of certificates to the circulation of data with the consent and approval of the citizen, who will receive an SMS on his mobile phone and will respond affirmatively by giving his authorization to the civil service to “pull” his details.
Therefore, according to ministry sources, the aim of the political leadership is to proceed with the process as soon as possible, but after the necessary institutional interventions have been made in cooperation with the relevant ministries. As is typically noted, the request is for the abolition to begin after first giving a short time frame to the competent services to adapt.
With regard to the strategy of abolishing the issuance and presentation of the census certificates from the gov.gr, as the Minister of Digital Governance Dimitris Papastergiou has also stated, this is based on the facilitation of citizens, the establishment of a friendlier state for Greeks, a more flexible public administration with less bureaucracy, the resolution of cases where there is an overlap of responsibilities, but and the implementation of the “Only Once” principle that will circulate information and not stamps. At the same time, the planning of the abolition and presentation of certificates will also contribute to the saving of resources and time for the public administration and for the citizens.
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