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    eJustice is being evaluated in detail to avoid problems said the Deputy Minister Research – “Digital Citizen” within 2024 – MOT, driver's license and ID in digital form

    The need is urgent to examine in detail the infrastructure and operations of the electronic justice system eJustice, so that the problems do not recur, as mentioned by strong> Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Nikodimos Damianou. At the same time, he expressed optimism that they will eventually achieve the proper functioning of the system.

    Speaking during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace, Mr. Damianou stated that this is a process that requires time, so that the evaluation is done correctly and comprehensively. The ultimate goal, he said, was to deliver a fully functional, easy-to-use and efficient system. we had the first two weeks”, he noted.

    He added that this particular decision was difficult, as was this particular change back to iJustice after it was discontinued, but it was accomplished over a weekend so that justice could run smoothly.

    “This way we will be given time to evaluate the corrective changes made to the eJustice system by the Contractor”, he added.

    He emphasized that in this effort, the Deputy Ministry will involve all parties for their views, including the Pancypriot Bar Association, which is the main body affected.

    “We have no intention to discounts in this matter', he said.

    Referring to the history of the system, Mr. Damianou said that this is a system for which the specifications were prepared in 2017 and whose confirmation of the offer took place in September of 2020, during the previous administration. Since then, he said, the system has been under implementation for 40-plus months, with significant delays in project delivery schedules. He added that only in the last 10 months of this process has the current Government undertaken it, which had to manage accumulated, as it appeared, problems in this project.

    Answering a question, he said that what was implemented was the first phase of the system and it will be developed evolutionary. There is, as he said, room to establish whether this system is intact, has a correct architecture, has been properly controlled and whether it can support justice at this stage. He added that the eJustice system is in the right direction“as long as we manage to make it work properly”.

    The Deputy Minister avoided referring to a specific timetable for its implementation, stating that the substance is different.

    Asked if they will claim some compensation from the company for the situation that developed, he said that they will do what the contract allows and in consultation with the legal advisors of the state.

    As for the cost of the project, reported that the bid for eJustice was awarded at €5.8 million, however with some changes that occurred over the 40 month period for additional needs, the amount came to around €7 million or so. This total amount, he added, covers the operation of the system and its licenses for ten years.

    He added that based on the usual practice that exists in the private sector and also applies in this particular case, for a period there is an exclusive license from the contractor and an obligation to service the system, after which the Republic of Cyprus has the right to purchase the full rights. This, as he said, is included in the 7 million euros, an amount that has not been paid at the moment, since it concerns the 10 years of use of the system.

    Asked whether the system could not raise the large number of users, Mr. Damianou, mentioned that apparently something was not built correctly or was not implemented correctly in terms of the infrastructure. However, he expressed optimism, since as he said, there are technical solutions for this and after proper evaluation, there is a way to make sure that it will withstand all users.

    “Something went wrong in the setup. and apparently something went wrong in the inspection before it was put into production”, he said.

    Mr. Damianou stated that targetremains the modernization of the State through effective digitization in important sectors of the Economy and the operation of the State, such as the area of ​​Justice.

    “We have no other choice but to proceed in all appropriate actions that will ensure the successful implementation of this goal”, he said.

    Details about the “Digital Citizen”

    At the same time, the Deputy Minister referred to what the President of the Republic announced in the presentation of of annual programming for 2024, stating that it highlighted the enormous importance of the digital transformation of the State and the implementation of digital solutions for the Cypriot citizen for the Government and the PtD itself.

    He noted that for the Deputy Ministry, it is not about promises but about goal setting.

    “The presentation of the goals for 2024 strengthens the responsibility of all of us and makes us accountable to the people for what we have declared that we will implement”, he said.

    Regarding the “Digital Citizen” he said that it is an application for mobile devices that will be the main axis of actions to provide digital solutions to the Citizen. The goal, he said, is for this application to gradually become part of everyday life, following the standards of solutions offered today, in a similar way, by other states in Europe.

    In particular, he stated that within 2024, the citizen will be able to have the identity card, the driver's license and the vehicle's MOT document in digital form within the Application.

    Goal added is also electronic signature and electronic identity, and through the application of the Digital Citizen, for the citizen to electronically sign any official document or identify himself on official websites of the state.

    “Evolutionarily the application will allow us to add additional documents and functions that will simplify the way we process or receive services from the state. This is how we will reduce bureaucracy and inconvenience for citizens, with a direct positive impact on our daily lives”, he said. He added that it is an undertaking that although it sounds basic in the context of the demands of today's times , includes complex technical implementation which the Deputy Ministry must carry out. He also stated that all issues of personal data and their security should be seriously considered.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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