The (Non)digital Czech Republic in Digital Europe

June 2, 2021 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has divided the project of digitalization into three parts. Let's see which ones.

Information on “The Digital Czech Republic" or, specifically, the set of concepts and implementation plans ensuring the prerequisites for the long-term prosperity of the Czech Republic in the ongoing digital revolution environment can be found on particular websites regarding the project of digitalization.

The concept consists of three main pillars (sub-concepts/strategies), which form one comprehensive unit with a large number of networks but at the same time, they reflect in their structure the targeting of different beneficiaries together with the differences given by the current legislation.

In simpler terms: the Czech Republic has divided the project of digitalization into three parts:

  • The Czech Republic in Digital Europe;
  • Information Concept of the Czech Republic (Digital Public Administration); and
  • Digital Economy and Society Concept

In the upcoming series of articles, we will look closer at the digitalization of public administration.

At the beginning of last year, the Act of the Right to Digital Service took effect. It aims to move public administration towards digitalization. It also establishes the rights of natural persons and legal entities to deal with state authorities digitally and the obligation of these authorities to provide digital services.

The right to a digital service; the right to perform a digital task; the right to electronic identification and authentication, or the right to technological neutrality – this is only a selection of a few of the fundamental digital rights enshrined in this 'digital constitution'.

However, the digitalization of the public administration is planned to happen gradually. Earlier this year, the government approved a timetable for how individual services from the catalog will take digital form over the next four years. According to the document, the deadline for the digitalization of the vast majority of services is 1st February 2022.

However, as the Ministry of the Interior acknowledges in the report, the timetable consisting of approximately 250 official acts, which the state plans to digitalize by 2025, is far from being complete. The fact is that in the last 12 months, the authorities managed to prepare only about 35% of the agendas that are yet to be digitalized and thus manage their inclusion in the Catalogue of Public Administration Services.

So what do the current situation and the digital future of the Czech Republic look like? Compared to other states in the EU, are we a digital superpower, or do we still have a lot of work to do? And what about digital Europe and the vision of the Union harmonization?

These – and many more – issues will be addressed by me and my colleagues in the upcoming months. We will do our best to piece all the information together to create a comprehensive overview of the subject matter. We will also look into particular services, which already are (or will soon be) available in the new, digital form.

Jiří Bosák
Jiří Bosák Head of Corporate Services
ASB Czech Republic