The ’single digital gateway’ introduced
The European Parliament and the European Council has accepted a regulation on the single digital gateway (European single-entry point) aiming to provide better online access information and procedures to individuals and companies.
The primary goal of the new interface is to facilitate individuals and businesses, exercising their freedom of movement and establishment in another member state, by easier and faster access to procedures. The principle of the new gateway is the “Once only” principle aiming to ensure that citizens and businesses are asked to submit information only once to a public administration.
The interface pursues to provide a non-discriminatory access to online procedures. To ensure this the interface will be available in all official languages of the EU and furthermore, any procedure that is available via digital gateway to citizens of a member state shall be equally accessible to those from other member states.
In accordance with the regulation some priority procedures (such as requesting proof of residence, student loan or scholarship applications, requesting a proof of residence, applying for study loans and grants, recognition of academic titles, getting a European Health Card, registering a motor vehicle, claiming pension benefits and registering employees for pension and insurance schemes) will be available for the citizens in all member states.
This European single entry point will reduce financial and administrative costs and accelerate procedures. To give national administrations more time to adapt, the target date for placing all relevant information and procedures online will be two, four or five years after the entry into force of this regulation.