19.08.2021

Saxony-Anhalt: Urgent Need for New Federal Government to Improve Digital Public Administration, Education and Mobility

Internet industry association welcomes planned focus on digitalisation in Saxony-Anhalt. Internet Policy Election Barometer reveals high level of dissatisfaction throughout Germany.

Following on from the regional state elections at the beginning of June, Saxony-Anhalt is on the verge of forming a new government. eco – Association of the Internet Industry welcomes the fact that the planned tripartite alliance of CDU, SPD and FDP focuses on digitalisation in the current draft of a coalition agreement, and that it is seeking to advance digitalisation with a ministry set up specifically for this purpose.

In this regard, eco Chair of the Board Oliver Süme comments:

“A Ministry of Digitalisation could quickly and specifically focus on and address current deficits, such as those in broadband roll-out or digital education, both at the state and federal level. In addition, a Ministry of Digitalisation would provide important impulses for a long-term, orderly digitalisation strategy and its implementation. It is therefore right and proper for Saxony-Anhalt to now focus on a Ministry of Digitalisation in which central Internet policy issues are pooled together.”

Internet Policy Election Barometer: Survey results in real time

There is dissatisfaction in Saxony-Anhalt, especially with regard to digital public administration (98.6% dissatisfied), digital education (97.4% dissatisfied), mobility and new urban concepts (97.4% dissatisfied). This is shown by the Internet Policy Election Barometer*, which the eco Association developed together with Civey. Up until the German federal election on 26 September, the Election Barometer will also provide real-time representative survey values for individual federal states with regard to various current digital policy topics and issues.

Over 70 per cent consider Germany uncompetitive in the field of digitalisation

The summary of the nationwide survey is also rather sobering: Over 70 percent consider Germany to be uncompetitive in the field of digitalisation. Nonetheless, a trend for a Ministry of Digitalisation at the federal level is also evident here: more than half of the Germans are of the opinion that digital topics should be accorded greater significance in the coming legislative term and should be pooled together in the form of a Ministry of Digitalisation.

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*On behalf of eco, the market and opinion research institute Civey has surveyed over 5,000 people since 24 February. The results are representative of German residents aged 18 and over. The statistical error of the overall results is 2.5 percent.

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