The Decree Simplification and Digital Innovation is law, after publication in the Official Journal.
This is an important measure, aimed at accelerating digitalisation at the service of citizens and businesses, to simplify their relations with the Public Administration and contribute to the economic recovery of the Country after the crisis generated by the pandemic.
By 28 February 2021, administrations shall be required to initiate their digital transformation processes. Public services must therefore become usable through the smartphone, the most used tool by Italians to communicate at a distance. By setting this deadline, flexibility was provided for small municipalities with a population of less than 5000 inhabitants, to take into account the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 emergency.
The digital transition is through the culture of innovation, i.e. the predisposition of public administration to use new approaches and new technologies offered by the market to respond to the challenges of our society in different fields such as mobility, medicine and other.
For this reason, the rule of the decree on the right to innovate provides for simplified procedures for companies, start-ups and research centres to experiment with innovative development projects.
The date of 28 February 2021 is also the date by which the digital identity SPID (Public Digital Identity System) and CIE (Italian Electronic Identity Card) will become the only credentials for access to digital services of the public administration. The novelty concerns all administrations: national, territorial, public bodies, agencies. In addition, SPID and CIE will have the same value as any identity document in carrying out online administrative practices.
Among the new features of the Decree, the IO app will be the channel to access from smartphone all public services rendered in digital.
The decree introduces for the various branches of the Public Administration the obligation to make available their services in network through the application IO.
The IO application, through a dedicated service, will allow citizens to make self-certifications or to submit requests and declarations using their mobile phone. With IO, payments to the Public Administration can be made through the PagoPa platform, integrated into the app.
For citizens and businesses supplied with digital home, the paper registered letter will be replaced by a digital communication, a simpler and safer system for notifying administrative acts. For citizens who do not have a digital address, the delivery procedure through ordinary mail remains confirmed.
The obligations to make IT tools accessible to disabled citizens, which were already provided for public administration, are extended to private companies. To be precise, those who have had an average turnover of over 500 million euros over the last three years and who offer services to the public through websites or applications on their mobile phone.
The Simplification Decree introduces measures that simplify the management and operation of the National Digital Platform data.
The data of the various branches of the Public Administration are immediately interrogated, available and accessible through this platform. The rules do not extend the information that the Public Administration can access, but make it easier to share data between different offices.
The platform will also allow the exploitation and immediate availability of large aggregated and anonymised data flows to administrations.
The rules lay the foundations of the rules and lay the foundations for the possible creation of a national cloud.
The Decree Simplification introduces the obligation for public administration
to migrate its data processing centers (Ced) that do not have the requirements of
security set by the Digital Italy Agency (Agid) towards a dedicated infrastructure
high reliability, located in Italy. Alternatively, the various branches of the public
administration can migrate their services to cloud solutions that
comply with safety, quality and performance characteristics
defined by the
The Simplification Decree provides that the digital one becomes the usual way of communicating between public offices and between administrations and citizens.
The public sector is also undergoing a period of
change. To make it possible to use agile work at a distance (smart
The public administration is required to provide goods, services and systems.
IT professionals capable of allowing remote access to their employees. This
must be in compliance with the Staff Regulations and the provisions of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities,
the security of networks and data.
Finally, the Decree Simplification sets the conditions for facilitating companies, start-ups, universities and research entities that intend to experiment with innovation and digitalization projects potentially useful for the development of our country.
The experiment may be authorised in some cases by way of derogation from current rules, from the Department for Digital Transformation and from the Ministry of Economic Development. If the initiative promoted proves to have a positive social impact, a procedure will be put in place to promote any regulatory changes that prove indispensable to allow the tested activity to be carried out later on.