Croatia’s state owned information technology company APIS IT opened a shared service company on November 25, following an investment of HRK362mn (almost €50mn).
The shared service centre, co-financed with EU funds, is the largest project in Croatia’s IT and communications sector to date, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the opening ceremony. It is intended to ensure a “more efficient, quality, transparent and accountable public administration,” according to a government statement.
It will provide a standardised and unified platform for the operation of all government bodies and the further development of all digital services, the statement said. It will also enable the connection of databases and registers to make public administration more efficient on a "one time only" basis.
Plenkovic stressed that the centre is a major infrastructure project for the state because digitisation and digital transformation are important for economic development and better services for citizens and entrepreneurs.
"I believe that global competitiveness is a topic that we can only approach by investing more and modernising faster. We therefore want to modernize and transform the public sector in a digital way," said the prime minister at the opening ceremony, which also marked the 55th anniversary of the launch of APIS IT.
Among the 40 state digitisation projects with a total value of HRK1.3bn are the e-Citizens, e-Business and e-Invoice systems.