12 February 2007
BRUSSELS — Six out of every ten Belgians have already obtained their electronic identification, an e-ID. The government is planning to expand the functionality of the e-ID, Belga reports.
A survey carried out by the federal government has shown that electronic information exchange between the government and the public has increased.
Last year, more than one million people submitted their tax returns online.
It has also recently become possible to report a misdemeanour, like petty theft, over the internet.
Car number plates are distributed via an online application. Likewise, traffic fines are paid electronically.
Information Minister Peter Vanvelthoven wants to further increase informational traffic between the government and citizens.
To give everyone access to such communication, free computers with free internet access will become available in more public locations, like libraries and youth centres.
By 2009 all Belgians aged 12 and older must have an e-ID.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news