ECRN aims to provide a significant contribution to an effective eGovernment service for EU citizens. The project deals with the establishment of an infrastructure among the Civil Acts Registries of National Administrations, with the set-up of a pilot system designed to ensure the safe and certified transmission of Civil Act (birth, death, and marriage) certificates exchanged among the local administrations of the EU Member States. Due to the growing number of European citizens living in countries different from their countries of origin, cooperation regarding the Civil Acts has today become a high priority for National administrations.
- Increase the efficiency of local administrative actions by strengthening the administrations’ ability to use new technologies, thus contributing to time efficiency and cost effective solutions.
- Improve the Citizen-Administration relationship by shortening delays for the public bodies to manage procedures and enabling citizens to reply in due time to requests for certification for inscriptions to schools, universities, and employment opportunities.
- Enable the public authorities to gain immediate knowledge in case of any changes in a Citizens Civil status, i.e. If a citizen conceives a child, gets married, or dies; the public registry of her/his home country can be immediately updated.
A certificate can be obtained from a country’s Civil Status Registry without moving from one country to another – ECRN allows the Civil Status Registry office of an EU Member State to request that specific certificate directly from its counterpart.
With ECRN, obtaining a certificate from one Member State to another will take 2-3 working days through a web platform rather than 2-3 months via ordinary mail. And with regards to security issues, the certified and secure web platform will guarantee the exchange of an authentic Civil Registry certificate.