Government approved, by Decision, the National Strategy for the Digital Agenda for Romania - 2020. The document takes over and adapts to the situation of our country, the elements of the Digital Agenda for Europe, one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe Strategy 2020.
The Digital Agenda defines the major role that the use of information and communication technology (ICT) will have to play in meeting the Europe 2020 objectives.
National Strategy for the Digital Agenda sets out four areas of action as follows:
1. e-Government, Interoperability, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing and Social Media - field which aims to increase efficiency and reduce costs in the public sector in Romania by modernizing the administration;
2. ICT in education, culture and health - field which aims to support these technologies at the sectoral level;
3. ICT in e-commerce, and research, development and innovation in ICT - area aimed at regional comparative advantages of Romania, and backs growth in the private sector;
4. Broadband and digital infrastructure services - aimed at ensuring social inclusion field.
A full implementation of the strategic vision of the ICT sector in Romania will result in a total investment of around 2.4 billion euro. Direct and indirect impact on the economy can be translated into a GDP growth of 13%, increase in the number of jobs by 11% and cut in administration costs by 12% during 2014-2020.
Concrete measures set out in the Strategy will lead to:
- Ensuring access to electronic public services for citizens and organizations (e-government services);
- Improving access to the Internet by increasing the coverage of high-speed electronic broadband communications networks;
- Increased use of the Internet;
- E-commerce promotion;
- Increasing the number of cross-border electronic public services;
- Enhancing digital content and the development of ICT infrastructure in education, health and culture;
- Supporting the growth of the ICT sector added value by supporting research, development and innovation in the field.
The strategy also establishes the following indicators for 2020 Romania:
- At least 35% of people use e-government systems;
- At least 60% of citizens use the Internet regularly;
- At least 30% of citizens make purchases online;
- Coverage with broadband communication networks (over 30 Mbps) of minimum 80%.
National Strategy for the Digital Agenda defines the framework for an institutional structure that will provide a unified vision, will centrally and coordinately manage all aspects of computerization of public services and achieving interoperability at European level.