A new scheme dubbed Digital Citizenship (DÁP) will bring about an unprecedented transformation for Hungarian citizens in terms of digital data handling at the end of next year, Head of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office Antal Rogán said on Friday.
Rogán told journalists that in the initial phase the programme and the application developed for it will enable personal identification, electronic signatures and managing administrative tasks for citizens via mobile phones. DÁP will, at a later stage, also provide safe digital access to state and market services and the payment of public utility bills.
A trial period for the app will start in April with the involvement of several tens of thousands of users, and will be launched for citizens across the board in September. From that time on, citizens will be able to use the DÁP app for identification if requested by police, submitting applications to authorities for certificates or for any other interactions with the state administration, Rogán said.
The circle of digitally accessible services will be significantly expanded in 2025 and, in a consecutive phase, in 2026, he explained.
DÁP is a cloud-based application and is optional for citizens, said Rogán, adding that the older, conventional methods for using services would also remain in place.
The scheme has been developed in line with the EU’s new Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS) regulatory framework, he stressed.
The government released the draft DÁP legislation for a public debate on the government website kormany.hu, and will submit the related bill to parliament next week.
In order to be able to introduce DÁP, the government will also submit a constitutional amendment proposal regarding the handling of personal digital data by the state.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTI