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All state offices now communicate online

Also courts will have to communicate mostly in electronic form.

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All state bodies and institutions are to communicate electronically by preference as of November 1, using electronic letterboxes.

Although this duty was introduced on November 1, 2013, the amendment to the law on e-government postponed the duty for those authorities which could not use the electronic communication due to technical problems, in particular the courts.

“The exception ends on November 1, 2016 and it will not be possible to use it anymore,” said Martin Dorčák, head of the communication department of the National Agency for Network and Electronic Services (NASES), as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The courts will now deliver all of their rulings and also ordinary communication to e-letterboxes. The aim of the Justice Ministry is to send all kinds of documents in electronic form, particularly electronic payment orders and documents linked to distrainment proceedings, the TASR newswire wrote.

State bodies are able to use other than electronic communication when the law allows them to do so, Dorčák added.

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The documents sent electronically are equal to those sent in written or oral form, in person, by mail or by phone.

The state meanwhile continues to activate e-letterboxes based on the data sent from the register of natural people and legal entities. At the end of September 2016 it had registered more than 5.8 million of them, SITA wrote.

The e-letterboxes of corporate entities which reside in Slovakia, listed in the business register, will be automatically activated as of January 1, 2017, while the deadline for civic associations, foundations and non-profit organisations was postponed to May 2018. NASES had already opened 322,974 e-letterboxes for legal entities by August 1, TASR wrote.

Electronic communication for people and sole proprietors remains on a voluntary basis, SITA wrote.

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