The annual study, led by Capgemini and jointly carried out with its subsidiary Sogeti and consortium partners, IDC and Politecnico di Milano for the European Commission evaluates how EU countries are progressing with the priority areas of the EU’s eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020. The eGovernment Benchmark 2018 concludes that two thirds of the public sector services are now available online and that ownership of personal data holds the key to trust eGovernment services.
The Insight Report at hand, presents the main highlights of the assessment of eGovernment services in 34 countries: the 28 European Union Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey (referred to as the EU28+).
The assessment of these services covers the priority areas of the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, which also provides insights in the current status of the principles set forth in the Talinn declaration of eGovernment. Each priority area is measured by one or more indicators, included in the so-called top-level benchmarks:
- User centricity: indicates the extent to which a service is provided online, its mobile friendliness and its usability (in terms of available online support and feedback mechanisms).
- Transparency: indicates the extent to which governments are transparent about the process of service delivery, the responsibilities and performance of public organisations and the personal data processed in public services.
- Cross-border mobility: indicates the extent to which users of public services from another European country can use the online services.
- Key enablers: indicates the extent to which technical and organisational pre-conditions for eGovernment service provision are in place, such as electronic identification and authentic sources.