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Single digital gateway connects EU member states in 2023

Enabling the use of services across borders is a requirement for a functioning single market. When a citizen or a business does not need to spend time dealing with authorities in the country of arrival but can manage their affairs in the country of origin, resources are saved and the threshold for crossing the borders decreases.

The Single Digital Gateway regulation of the European Parliament and the Council (SDGr) entered into force at the end of 2018.

The objectives of the Singe Digital Gateway Include

  • improving the findability of national and EU information on administrative procedures, such as applying for a education institution, and single market rules through the Your Europe portal
  • providing cross-border assistance and problem-solving services
  • enabling the use of e-services in different administrative procedures across borders
  • enabling the sharing of evidence, such as a degree certificate, from one EU member state to another in different administrative procedures by means of the Once Only Technical System (OOTS).

When citizens and businesses are better able to find information and support for their situation and are able to deal with the authorities in the country of arrival from the country of origin, students, workers, their family members, businesses and capital move efficiently between EU member states.

The responsibility for implementing the SDGr is divided between several central government authorities in Finland. The KEHA Centre’s Digital Single Market team acts as the national coordinator.