Croatian Government launches open data portal - data.gov.hr
Government officials launched a new, open data portal called data.gov.hr, which offers in a single place all data related to public administration and is an integral part of the e-citizens project.
Deputy Prime Minister Milanka Opacic said that the portal was one more step toward making public administration open and transparent and increasing the availability of services to citizens.
She recalled that the first services in the e-citizens project were data from voter registers, registers of births, marriages and deaths, and attendance registers for parents, and data on citizens' primary health care physicians.
Opacic said that citizens now used 21 e-services, including one enabling them to see which prescription drugs they have taken in the last six months, or to obtain an e-certificate of permanent or temporary residence or vehicle ownership.
After nine months of the project having been in operation, 125,000 citizens have used at least one e-service, submitting 1.7 million requests and receiving as many messages with information.
Opacic announced the introduction of new e-services, such as e-business, a service for the issuing of certificates on one's regular school attendance and studies, a service with information on incomes from the Tax Administration, a service for the issuing of criminal clearance certificates, and e-consulting.
The government has obtained EU funds worth EUR 33 million to digitise public administration.
Assistant Public Administration Minister Leda Lepri said that the portal included information that until now had been located on a number of portals. The purpose of the project is to make public administration more transparent and to obtain feedback information from citizens on what needs to be improved, she said, adding that the ministry was working on making a single register of all registers in the country.
Croatia had first Open Data Youth Camp held in Rovinj from 29th of August to 2nd of September 2015, organized by the Council for the Open Government Partnership (OPG) in Croatia.
The goal of the camp was to provide a space for young active citizens to explore the potential of open data, to learn and discuss open government values and to become familiarized with the theory and the practices of the right to access information.