The Croatian e-Citizens system has certainly flourished during the Covid-19 pandemic period. It currently has more than 1.5 million digital citizens, meaning the number of users has doubled during the pandemic, Večernji list writes on Sunday.
The e-Citizens was launched by the Croatian Government in order to modernise, simplify and speed up communication between citizens and the public administration, and increase the transparency of the public sector in providing public services.
The system saw its first boom in new users at the beginning of the pandemic when citizens needed e-passes to cross county borders.
The next boost was applying for the EU Covid certificates. In June this year the number of e-Citizens users was 1,288,211, and after the announcement of the EU digital Covid certificate service until the beginning of September, the number of users increased by 115,244, while the number of unique users who applied for the EU digital COVID certificate in the same period was 496,842, the data show.
The final increase came with the recent census in which citizens were encouraged to register online through the e-Citizens system. The online census has brought 83,500 new users to the e-Citizens system.