Bulgaria Moves toward E-Govt with Paper-Free Foreign MinDomestic | March 6, 2012, Tuesday // 20:40| views
The main building of the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry in downton Sofia. Photo by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become the country's first paper-free ministry by discarding all paper document flow, it announced Tuesday.
"The move to e-administration in the future is inexorable and there is no point in resisting this," Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov
Tuesday Mladenov presented the new electronic documentation system of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which at the beginning of 2012 became the first fully paperless institution in Bulgaria.
In addition to optimization of workflow and a much lighter environmental impact, the new system is expected to save the ministry some BGN 100,000 per year.
"The next important stage in the process of introducing e-governance is the use of the system in the work of consular services," explained Minister Mladenov.
He added that the e-system was currently being being tested in Bulgarian missions abroad, and implementation it will enable consular services to be extended to places where Bulgaria has no diplomatic representation.
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