Zavod 14 is pleased to present a comparative study on E-Government and Administrative Simplification for Businesses: Challenges and Opportunities for Central and Eastern European Countries, supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). A well-functioning public administration, together with public governance, play an important role in many aspects of contemporary society, such as political, social and economic outcomes. However, despite the identified positive relationship between public governance and economic growth, the fact that the business sector often represents a channel through which public governance affects economic performance remain neglected. Therefore, it is inevitable to establish such governance that ensures a more attractive and friendly business environment without unnecessary administrative barriers for the business sector, as this can act as an important driver of the overall economic development.
Accordingly, the main objective of the study is to provide the theoretical overview and to examine the secondary data on the situation of the following areas considering e-government development and administrative simplification for businesses in the EU: 1) the definition and evolution of e-government concept; 2) the role and development of e-government in the EU; 3) the role of entrepreneurship in the EU economy; 4) administrative barriers to entrepreneurship and administrative simplification; 5) the role of e-government development for better business environment; and 6) policy implications for Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The main purpose of the study in which the state-of-the-art in the field of e-government development and administrative simplification for businesses in the EU is examined, is to identify challenges and opportunities to improve the state of e-government, especially in the CEE countries. The findings of this study are not only interesting from the academic (research and debate) but also from the practical (suggestions for improvements) perspective. The research is carried out on literature review and analysis of the secondary data by different stakeholders, e.g. European Commission, United Nations, other international organisations, governments’ institutions and others. The study reveals that digital technologies profoundly affected social and economic realities, including public administration and public governance. This applies also for the relationship between public administration and businesses. Accordingly, digital government and governance are today necessary to ensure fast and high-quality services for businesses, including friendly business environment.
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