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Patron Nancy Faeser opens #SCCON23

Two women in the foreground, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser on the BMI stand on the right, the backdrop of a town hall gate in the background.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser at the BMI stand at SCCON 2022. Photo: Messe Berlin

The BMI is driving digitisation forward

The BMI is considered the "Ministry of Administration" and is the first port of call when it comes to modernising the federal administration. The digitisation of public administration is one of the major topics here. It can not only improve the quality of life for citizens or reduce bureaucracy for businesses, but also increase the efficiency and resilience of the state. In this context, it is particularly important that values and standards such as data protection, accessibility and transparency are also observed in the digital space.

Federal Minister Nancy Faeser will open #SCCON23 on 07 November 2023 and emphasises in the run-up: "We want to make our state more modern, closer to its citizens and more digital. Because it is about making people's lives easier. SCCON is the ideal place where we can exchange ideas with all stakeholders on joint digital solutions for a modern administration."

Digital sovereignty at federal, state and local level

A central concern of the BMI is to strengthen Germany's digital sovereignty. This is because the dependence on certain technology providers in public administration involves the risk of losing control over one's own IT and not being able to guarantee data protection standards, for example. At the same time, alternatives also support an open, competitive market, enable innovation and more flexibility in IT. The federal, state and local governments have therefore set themselves the goal of consistently maintaining and expanding digital sovereignty.

From the Online Access Act to register modernisation

The Online Access Act (OZG) forms the legal basis for the digitisation of the administration. The draft law amending the Online Access Act (OZGÄndG) now creates the framework for the further digitisation of the administration as well as central prerequisites for user-friendly and completely digital procedures. It will be one of the big topics at SCCON 2023.

Another major topic of the BMI is register modernisation. By interconnecting registers, the once-only principle will be implemented, whereby citizens as well as companies will only have to submit information once. The once-only principle will be anchored in the OZG Amendment Act, thus finally abolishing the "paper economy" and creating noticeable simplifications for citizens.

A look into the future at #SCCON23

Visitors of SCCON will get many insights into the modernisation of the administration at the BMI stand. The "pop up" citizens' office of Reinickendorf will also be there - here it will be possible to renew identity cards and, for the first time, passports. Interested citizens only need to bring their old ID card or passport with them and, if possible, a biometric photo. However, the photo can also be taken directly at the stand of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (No. 300). Anyone who still has a valid identity card can have the online identity card activated free of charge at the stand and set a corresponding PIN. Now nothing stands in the way of secure identification on the internet.

In addition to the pop-up citizens' office, there will also be an information point that will provide information on the digitalisation of passports and identity cards. Interested trade visitors and exhibitors can find out here what innovations will be introduced in this area in the next few years.

An overview of all sessions and dates of the BMI can be found here.

Further information on the BMI's topics at SCCON and its patronage can be found here.

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