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E-gov would save countries billions of euros, EU says

The EU predicts that if governments were to implement 100 percent online procurement and invoicing, 300 billion euros would be saved per year.
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It's high time for governments to aggressively embrance e-government processes, the European Union pronounced. The move towards e-gov would save "hundreds of billions of euros," the EU said in unveiling its action plan, according to News.com.

The EU predicts that if governments were to implement 100 percent online procurement and invoicing, 300 billion euros ($376.07 billion) could be saved every year. The e-government action plan, which has been adopted by member states, has committed governments to achieving 100 percent availability and 50 percent take-up of e-procurement by 2010.
It's an especially tricky task, though, since EU residents should be able to access government services as they move from country to country.
This would require "secure systems for mutual recognition of national electronic identities for public administration Web sites and services" to be implemented by 2010, according to the plan.

The European Commission will help make this happen by supporting wide-scale "cross-border demonstrators, identifying common specifications for electronic ID management during 2007 and by reviewing the rules of electronic signatures in 2009," the EU said.

In Demark, Europe's most e-ready nation, Danish businesses have saved 50m euros and taxpayers 150m euros a year thanks to online procurement processes.

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