2019, a turning point for ANPR: Italy moves closer to establishing a national registry
By the end of this year, 45 million Italian citizens are expected to have registered in the national population registry. A major milestone for a project critical to the digital transformation process, opening the doors for further innovation in public services
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Sometimes, numbers tell a story better than words. This is certainly the case with the growth of the National Resident Population Register (ANPR) since the end of 2017, when the Ministry of the Interior entrusted the Digital Team with responsibility for the project’s execution.
At the time of the Team’s agreement with the Ministry of the Interior, the idea that all Italian citizens might one day be organized into a single registry seemed destined to remain on paper. In March 2019, however, there were over 20 million citizens registered on ANPR and another 15 million were in the pre-takeover phase. Forecasts indicate that by the end of 2019, the number of citizens in ANPR will be over 45 million.
Recently, we signed another agreement, which binds the Digital Team to the Ministry of the Interior for the second year in a row. This strengthens an already fruitful collaboration, allowing us to complete the work started in 2017 to fully establish the use of ANPR. The agreement, which came before the contract between the Ministry and Sogei:
- Emphasizes, once again, the strategic importance of ANPR as an essential element of the country’s operating system;
- Entrusts us with the task of working towards the definitive proliferation of the platform until September 2019.
Exponential growth: ANPR’s numbers
When we approached the ANPR project for the first time, only one municipality had migrated to the new registry even though it had already been provided for in Article 62 of the Digital Administration Code. By September 2018, fewer than twelve months from our start date, 500 municipalities had made the transition. On November 14 of that same year, we celebrated the transition of the 1000th municipality.
In March 2019 there were 20,050,000 Italian citizens from 1,765 municipalities registered on ANPR. Another 14,816,000 citizens from another 2,213 municipalities were in the pre-migration phase. By the end of 2019, this number is expected to have reached over 45 million.
These results are the outcome of our efforts over the past year, made possible by the work tools introduced by the Digital Team between the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. These include:
- The establishment of direct contacts with municipalities, through which to provide assistance during all phases of the migration;
- The publication of all technical documentation connected with ANPR;
- A newsletter, in which we explain the advantages of joining the national registry;
- The Developers Italia community, which has made it possible to make both the technological side of the project and the integration of the platform increasingly efficient;
- The publication of a dashboard that allows users to see the project’s progress in real time.
These tools have enabled us to facilitate the integration of individual municipal registries into ANPR. Thanks to Sogei’s collaboration, every municipality that starts the migration process (which can take as little as several weeks) is guided by a personalized plan, which includes monitoring and technical assistance.
Towards a country with a nationwide registry
Citizens of municipalities which have already migrated into ANPR can already appreciate the benefits. Inhabitants of cities like Milan, Turin, Perugia or Catania (to name just a few examples), can:
- request certificates from any municipality on ANPR;
- obtain an immediate change in residence, with one click, even when moving from one municipality to another;
- take advantage of a ready-made procedure for obtaining an Electronic Identity Card (CIE).
But ANPR’s real advantages are yet to come. The registry’s nationwide adoption will inevitably be accompanied by a lively period of development of digital public services capable of exploiting its potential.
In the agreement with the Ministry, we provided for the creation of a simplified system for all central and local public administrations that want to interface with ANPR. Institutions like INPS, the “Agenzia delle Entrate Riscossione”, Department of Motor Vehicles, Istat, will be able to quickly integrate their technologies with ANPR to prevent citizens from having to constantly send certificates, forms and comply with bureaucratic procedures.
For example, after a change in residence, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be able to automatically mail citizens the registration sticker with the new address, saving people money and stress. This feature is already integrated and available for use. The same applies to the Inland Revenue Agency, which will be able to independently assign newborns a tax code, leaving parents the freedom to enjoy their happy moment away from bureaucracy.
The national adoption of ANPR will also make the development and growth of innovative digital services possible. For example, the IO Project, the public services app currently being developed by the Digital Team.
Last but not least, we are now working with Agid on the prospect of integrating ANPR with the municipal state registries by transferring the relevant certificates (birth and marriage certificates, family status, etc.) to the platform.
Until recently, the municipalities integrating with ANPR were considered pioneers, then exemplary administrations. Today, the transition to ANPR can no longer be considered a niche operation. It is a necessary step (by law, as per Article 62 of the Digital Administration Code) and essential for a municipality that wants to keep up with the times from a technological point of view.
There are no excuses for postponing the transfer to ANPR, for at least five reasons:
- All Italian registry IT system providers have by now managed at least one migration to ANPR. This means that all municipalities have the technical skills and requirements available for making the transition in a short period of time.
- In the last few weeks, the grant for all municipalities who begin the transfer procedure in 2019 has been confirmed.
- Starting in 2019, loans provided by the Italian investment bank, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, are also available to support Public Administration activities linked to the Three-Year Plan (including the ANPR takeover).
- With the support of several prefectures, we are launching training courses to further facilitate the entry of all remaining municipalities into ANPR.
- As of next year, the municipalities’ migration to ANPR , will be monitored by the Court of Auditors, as a result of the Protocol for the promotion and monitoring of the Public Administration’s digital transformation, signed by the Digital Team and the Court of Auditors in December 2018.
To check on the status of your municipality’s transition to ANPR, please visit the ANPR website and enter its name into the textbox. If your municipality is not yet in the migration or pre-migration phase, we want to hear from you: #ChiediAlTuoComune (“Ask your municipality”) to join the Italian national registry.