Digital Identity in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans
“Digital transformation is one of the six policy areas around which the RRF is built. Given its high priority for the EU, each national plan has to allocate at least 20 % of its resources to digital targets.
The funds are meant to complement financing from the EU budget and national budgets and help achieve the EU’s digital objectives by 2030. This briefing focuses on the digital measures that address one of the four cross-cutting strategic EU priorities: the digitalisation of public services (the other three being digital skills, digital infrastructure and digital transformation of businesses)”.
Brussels, 20 December 2022
The digitalisation of public services has been an EU objective for some years. An objective that the EU has decided to share with the member countries to modernize both bureaucracy and to help citizens and businesses to take advantage of the enormous potential of digitalisation. In fact, digital interactions save time and reduce bureaucracy for the public sector and businesses and citizens and increase efficiency and productivity, as well as increase the interoperability of public services within and between organisations, both at national level and across the EU.
In 2021, the European Commission declared the period from 2020 to 2030 the EU’s “digital decade” and set strategic digital goals in four major action areas:
- digital skills
- digital infrastructure
- digital transformation of enterprises
- digitization of public services
The digitization of digital public services means that countries will have to provide all major public services online, guaranteeing access to all citizens, such as their own electronic health records and allow at least 80% of citizens digital personal documents.
European Digital Identity
The European Digital Identity will be:
- Available to anyone who wants to use it: Any EU citizen, resident, and business in the Union who would like to make use of the European Digital Identity will be able to do so.
- Widely useable: The European Digital Identity wallets will be useable widely as a way either to identify users or to prove certain personal attributes, for the purpose of access to public and private digital services across the Union.
- Users in control of their data: The European Digital Identity wallets will enable people to choose which aspects of their identity, data and certificates they share with third parties, and to keep track of such sharing. User control ensures that only information that needs to be shared will be shared.
Through its Digital Europe Programme, the Commission will support the implementation of the European Digital Identity framework, and many Member States have foreseen projects for the implementation of the e-government solutions, including the European Digital Identity in their national plans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.