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EDM Environment Austria

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EDM is a cloud-based e-Government tool developed by the Austrian Ministry of Life, in cooperation with the federal regions over a period of many years. It is one of the most extensive and complex e-Government tools in Europe and comprises a network of 22 applications with which reporting obligations (e.g. of emission data), applications for permits and verification requirements are processed uniformly in compliance with different environment-related laws. The objective of EDM is to create clarity and legal certainty for all stakeholders by supporting a uniform application of Austrian and European legislation in the environmental sector; thus majorly contributing to maintaining the high standard of Austrian environmental protection.

The clearly arranged, well-structured and in part menuguided design of EDM makes even highly complex processes manageable. For instance, environmental inspections can be carried out efficiently by the authority with fewer personnel, and EDM applications can be used for the complete waste management process (e.g. generation, transportation and treatment of waste).

EDM is an extremely extensive and complex software as a Service (SaaS) application. It can be accessed online via standard protocols, is not bound to any specific terminals nor does it require any local installation. Provision of the service is automatic, needing no interaction with the EDM operator. All resources and data are freely available for several users in the form of a pool. The EDM services are mainly provided free of charge and without requiring a licence. Access and export of data are carried out in compliance with the strict requirements of Austrian data protection legislation. Highly automated processes can also be supported by EDM via a series of web service and XML interfaces available for import and export.

EDM is completely integrated into the Austrian e-Government environment – including data pertaining to companies in the Austrian business register – and is an integral part of the Austrian Portal Group. A key EDM principle provides that data are collected and managed only when they first arise. Afterwards they are transmitted and processed exclusively without media discontinuity.

EDM enables the integration of authorities at different administrative levels and with different areas of competence (four federal ministries, all regions and district authorities) as often more than one authority is responsible for a specific permit or report.

Award info
Award category: weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - european and national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2013
Project type
Sector: Economic affairs, competition, SME
Type of activity:
Keywords: Environmental, e-Government, electronic applications, administration, reporting obligations, cross-administrative, legal compliance, business support
Short English description: EDM is a cloud-based e-Government tool developed by the Austrian Ministry of Life, in cooperation with the federal regions over a period of many years. It is one of the most extensive and complex e-Government tools in Europe and comprises a network of 22 applications with which reporting obligations (e.g. of emission data), applications for permits and verification requirements are processed uniformly in compliance with different environment-related laws.
Further information
Organisation: Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://edm.gv.at
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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EDM Environment Austria (48.2066945, 16.3783775)
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