“This will help to reduce both charges for private individuals and the red tape burden as people will no longer be sent from one authority to another for various documents,” the president’s press office said in a press release on Tuesday.
“The practice (of free access) is also in place in neighboring Estonia, Latvia and Poland, as well as in Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia,” it said.
Most public authorities now have to pay a fee to enter or receive data from the state’s registers.
In the president’s words, a situation where the state is forced to buy data from itself is absurd and runs counter not only to the principles of public administration, but also to the EU’s recommendations on free information exchange.
Grybauskaitė also proposes to cut the Centre of Registers‘ fees for businesses.
According to the president’s office, public authorities last year paid a total of 3.2 million euros to the Centre of Registers.