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An atmosphere of departure within the German eGovernment landscape

The IT Planning Council, which consists of representatives of the different federal levels who shape Germany’s national eGovernment strategy, recently published a paper with key points on Strengthening digital sovereignty of public administration using interoperable solutions based on Open Standards, Open APIs and preferable Open Source.

FITKO (“Federal IT Cooperation”), which forms the operational foundation for the IT Planning Council as an institution under public law sponsored by all federal states and the federal government, has recently shown within the FIT-Connect Proof of Concept how classical German eGovernment Standards from the XÖV family, such as XFall for example, can be accessed via modern RESTful APIs.

Dataport, a leading service provider for the public sector in Germany, started a project Phoenix to develop a cloud-based work space for the public sector based on Open Source technologies.

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community created a new department Digital Administration to boost the digitisation of government processes in Germany and push forward the implementation of the German Online Access Act (Onlinezugangsgesetz, OZG) and the Single Digital Gateway Regulation (EU) 2018/1724.

Against this background one may look forward to more good news during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting on 1 July 2020.