Czech Republic


Country profile, June 2011

Key policy documents

Consulted key e-government policy documents.



Actors

E-government actors involved in the collaborative production.

  • Government Council for the Information Society The Government Council for the Information Society aims to support the development of the Information Society by creating a platform for discussing Information Society strategies and the projects of the respective Government Departments.
  • The PPP Centrum was established to apply the best practice knowledge in governance and preparation/implementation of PPP projects.



    Coverage in policy documents

    Coverage of collaborative production in e-government policy documents.

    The Strategy for the development of Information Society services for the period 2008-2012 (pdf) sets out a vision of the Czech Republic as one of the top five EU countries in terms of eGovernment development and aims to achieve that with the help of free initiative of citizens and entrepreneurs.



    Definitions

    of collaborative production used.

    Information to be provided by the Member State.



    Priorities

    Priorities covered and/or stimulated. (Top-down collaboration or bottom-up collaborative production)

    One of the specific aims of the Government strategy for ICT development ('Digital Czech Republic') is to address the issue of the digital divide by proposing a procedure through which the Government could effectively prevent the phenomenon, after having first identified its extent in the country.



    Policy cycle

    Collaborative production in the policy cycle (development, implementation, evaluation).

    Information to be provided by the Member State.



    Foreseen

    Foreseen policy interventions and instruments.

    The VERITAS project ('Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS') brings together 32 European companies and organisations from 11 countries, aiming to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also to make them available through an open framework.



    Legal provisions

    With regard to the implementation of Freedom of Information, PSI Re-use and correlation with collaborative e-government.

  • The Act on Free Access to Information (2000) allows open access information held by State Authorities, communal bodies and private institutions managing public funds. Requests can be made verbally or in writing. Public bodies are required to respond to requests within 15 days.
  • An amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information was adopted by the Government (2005) with a view to transpose the EU Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information (PSI-directive). Among other things, this amendment sets out the obligation for Public Administrations to provide online access to information in open data formats (e.g. XML).
  • The Czech POINT network (established through an amendment to the Act on Public Administration Information Systems) is a network of contact points through which the general public may obtain transcripts and information statements from the Czech Government national registers. Examples of the registers concerned are the Land Register, the criminal records database and the Trade and Small Business Register. (pdf p 13-14)



    Public service domains

    Public service domains covered (based on 20 basic services).

    1. Income taxes: declaration, notification of assessment
    2. Job search services by labor offices
    3. Social security benefits
    4. Personal documents: passport and driver’s license
    5. Car registration (new, used, imported cars)
    6. Application for building permission
    7. Declaration to the police (e.g. in case of theft)
    8. Public libraries (availability of catalogues, search tools)
    9. Certificates (birth and marriage): request and delivery
    10. Enrolment in higher education/university
    11. Announcement of moving (change of address)
    12. Health related services (interactive advice on the availability of services in different hospitals; appointments for hospitals



    Other information

  • The Civic Education Centre aims to to encourage citizens to develop skills necessary to navigate public space better and participate more effectively in public life. The forum “Web 2.0 as Tool for Politics, Participation and Active Citizenship” is an example of activities the Centre engages in.

  • Size of municipalities, efficiency, and citizen participation: a cross-European perspective (Cached version)