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Translation validity: 18.07.2017.–18.09.2020.
Amendments not included: 15.09.2020.
Regulations Regarding the Public Administration E-services
Issued pursuant to
I. General Provisions
1. This Regulation prescribes the procedures by which public administration services (hereinafter - the service) are digitised and the availability of e-services is ensured.
2. The following terms are used in the Regulation:
2.1. e-service - a type of service provision which ensures that one or several services, or individual stages thereof (requesting or receipt of the service result) are performed in electronic form, including through the use of websites, mobile applications, text messages or e-mail;
2.2. digitisation of the service - a process as a result of which an e-service is created;
2.3. e-service provider - a service owner or its authorised legal entity which ensures the environment for hosting and operation of an e-service;
2.4. e-service recipient - a client of the State administration (hereinafter - the client) who receives the service in electronic form.
II. Basic Rules for the Digitisation of Services
3. A service owner, if it is possible and useful, shall provide services also in the form of e-services, if at least one of the following criteria is met:
3.1. within a year the number of requested service cases exceeds 5000 or 10 % of the number of cases of all services provided by the service owner;
3.2. availability of the service is improved;
3.3. reception of the service becomes more convenient;
3.4. the administrative burden is reduced;
3.5. the service provision process is optimised;
3.6. the costs and time for the provision of services decreases;
3.7. provision of the relevant service also in the form of an e-service is required due to the equality considerations of specific client groups.
4. When digitising the service, the service owner shall take into account the cost-effectiveness.
5. The digitisation of services shall take into account the needs of clients by applying user-oriented approach and the principle of iterative development in accordance with the Latvian national standard LVS EN ISO 9241-210:2016, Ergonomics of human-system interaction - Part 210: Human-centred design for interactive systems.
6. When conducting the analysis, design and development of the service during the digitisation or improvement of the service, the owner shall perform at least the following activities by recording them in the manner selected by the service owner:
6.1. determine measurable indicators for the service to be digitised and their supervisory process;
6.2. carry out analysis of the target audience of the e-service, identify client groups and their needs including:
6.2.1. analysis of the service provision process and the possibilities for its improvement or modification from the point of view of the e-service recipient, taking into account all stages of the service, related services, and other data at the disposal of other public administration institutions;
6.2.2. involvement of the current and potential e-service recipients during the analysis of the service provision process and design of the e-service by collecting information regarding the objectives, needs, behaviour, and wishes of the client, including surveying the most important service provision scenarios both in electronic and other channels, if necessary;
6.2.3. testing of the potential solution prototypes to the extent necessary for the objectives to be achieved with the potential e-service recipients;
6.3. link the digitised stages of the service with the stages of the service which are not digitised;
6.4. regularly analyse the satisfaction of users, survey the needs and feedback of users, and continuously improve the e-service.
7. The service owner shall ensure measuring, recording, and analysis of the performance indicators of the e-service. In addition to the indicators specified in the laws and regulations regarding the procedures for recording, providing, and quality control of public administration services, the following indicators shall be measured for each e-service:
7.1. completion rate of the e-service - the ratio between the number of completion and initiation cases;
7.2. digital take-up - the ratio between the number of service cases applied for in the electronic channel and the number of service cases applied for in all channels;
7.3. satisfaction of the e-service recipient - voluntary assessment of the e-service recipient in five-point system for each provided e-service case, if possible, which may be supplemented with a written feedback from the e-service recipient.
8. The service owner shall publish the results of the performance of the indicators referred to in Paragraph 7 of this Regulation by 1 April of the year following the reporting year on the Platform for Provision and Management of Services.
9. In the digitisation and provision of the service, where applicable, the service owner shall ensure the fulfilment of the following technical requirements:
9.1. use the shared components managed by the State Regional Development Agency;
9.2. send a notification regarding the fact of e-service provision and the result of the service to the official electronic address, if such has been created for the e-service recipient, or to the workplace of the user of the service portal www.latvija.lv, except when the result of the service has digital content which cannot be represented outside the application or website;
9.3. if different services can be applied for within the scope of a single e-service, a direct link shall be provided for each service;
9.4. ensure availability of and e-service which uses web pages also from a mobile device;
9.5. ensure accessibility to an e-service which uses web pages in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 9 of the Latvian national standard EN 301549:2017, Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe;
9.6. develop a REST application programming interface (REST API) by ensuring the possibility to use the e-service in third party software products and environments, including mobile applications;
9.7. ensure that the monthly uptime of the e-service is 98 %, monitor the performance of the e-service in real time and the number of concurrent e-service recipients, develop automated warnings that are based on monitoring and sent to the service owner and the e-service provider;
9.8. make audit notes on the provision of an e-service at least to the extent which allows restoration and analysis of each stage of provision of each e-service case;
9.9. accumulate statistics on the provision of the e-service by saving data on at least each case of e-service initiation, and the indicators referred to in Paragraph 7 of this Regulation.
10. In organising the e-service, the service owner shall apply the once only principle by not requesting data from the e-service recipient that already are at the disposal of public administration, including:
10.1. by using the data sent by the means of personal electronic identification used by the e-service recipient;
10.2. by using the data available in State information systems and service owner's information systems;
10.3. by using the data available in the workplace of the user of the service portal www.latvija.lv;
10.4. by organising the acquisition of the data necessary for the provision of the e-service from other public administration institutions, if they are available electronically as a service;
10.5. by using the services of the State Information Systems Integrator;
10.6. by ensuring automatic completion as much as possible.
11. The service owner shall ensure automatic (proactive) informing of the potential e-service recipient of the possibility to receive the service, if the service owner has at its disposal the information necessary for the provision of the service, and the potential client has agreed to receive such information.
12. The service owner shall ensure the following to the e-service recipient:
12.1. consultative support during the working hours of the service owner or e-service provider;
12.2. answers to questions or complaints submitted regarding deficiencies in the content, operation, error messages, and unavailability of the e-service (hereinafter - the request) as soon as possible, but not later than within seven working days from the time of submitting the request;
12.3. confirmation that the request has been received within one working day from the time of submitting the request.
III. Management of E-services
13. The service owner shall be responsible for planning, ensuring, maintaining, and developing an e-service. The service owner shall:
13.1. co-ordinate the e-service provision process;
13.2. organise the conformity of e-service provision with the minimum technical and safety requirements for the development and provision of an e-service laid down in the laws and regulations, as well as with the electronic identification requirements of natural persons;
13.3. ensure the management of changes in the e-service and organise testing (if necessary, in co-operation with the e-service provider);
13.4. draw up the rules for the use of the e-service (if necessary, in co-operation with the e-service provider);
13.5. ensure that the provision of the e-service is suspended, if, as a result of changes in the normative regulation or technical deficiencies, the e-service does not conform to laws and regulations;
13.6. inform the e-service provider and e-service recipients of interruptions in the operation of the e-service and the planned resumption of the operation three working days before the planned interruption, but in case of an unplanned interruption - at the time of occurrence;
13.7. provide the consultative support of the e-service provider;
13.8. determine the personal means of electronic identification necessary for the e-service;
13.9. determine whether the information or document submitted for receipt of the service in accordance with laws and regulations must be electronically signed.
14. The e-service provider is entitled:
14.1. to take the decision to suspend the provision of the e-service, if technical deficiencies or circumstances as a result of which the e-service may fail or does not conform to the requirements and tasks laid down in laws and regulations have been detected, informing the service owner thereof;
14.2. to request, receive, and accumulate information which is necessary for the provision of the e-service from the service owner and e-service recipients.
15. The e-service provider shall:
15.1. ensure the availability of the operational environment of the e-service for the e-service recipient;
15.2. provide consultations related to digitisation of the service to the service owner;
15.3. inform the service owner and recipient of the planned changes which may affect the provision of the e-service, three working days before the planned interruption, but in case of an unplanned interruption - at the time of occurrence;
15.4. implement consultative support to the e-service recipient in co-operation with the service owner;
15.5. ensure recording of the cases of e-service commencement and initiation;
15.6. ensure access for the service owner to the statistics of the e-service.
16. The e-service recipient has the obligation:
16.1. to become acquainted with the rules for the use of the relevant e-service;
16.2. to provide true and complete requested information during execution of the e-service;
16.3. to report to the service owner on cases, if, upon receipt of the e-service, data inaccuracy or non-conformity has been found.
17. The e-service owner, upon hosting an e-service on the service portal www.latvija.lv, shall comply with the laws and regulations regarding the procedures by which circulation of information is ensured, using the State Information Systems Integrator.
IV. Promotion of the Use of E-service
18. In order to promote the use of the e-service, the service owner shall develop such regulation which promotes the use of the e-service, and fulfils at least one of the following conditions:
18.1. a shorter time period for the provision of the service than in person;
18.2. a lower cost for the provision of the service than in person;
18.3. subsequent availability of the service only in electronic form, providing in-person consultations regarding the use of the e-service;
18.4. as available and comfortable type of identification for the e-service recipient as possible.
19. The service owner shall plan and ensure:
19.1. activities to reduce the number of in-person meetings;
19.2. training of the staff involved in client servicing and include the obligation to inform about its e-services;
19.3. informational and promotional activities of the public regarding their e-services and the advantages thereof;
19.4. practical support for clients regarding the use of the e-service, for example, free Internet access points, consultants;
19.5. analysis of the use of the e-service and planning of improvement activities.
20. The service owner shall ensure information materials for the service and e-service recipients, employees of the institution, and administrators of e-services.
21. The service owner shall post information regarding the e-service on the service portal www.latvija.lv, on its websites and mass media.
V. Closing Provisions
22. Paragraph 19 of this Regulation shall come into force on 1 January 2018.
23. The requirements of Paragraphs 7, 9, and 11 of this Regulation shall be applied from 1 July 2018 to e-services the development or improvement of which starts after 1 August 2017, and from 1 October 2022 to other e-services.
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis
Acting for the Minister for Environmental
Translation © 2019 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)