European Digital Ministers Signed The Tallin Declaration

European Digital Ministers Signed The Tallin Declaration

European digital ministers have signed the Tallin Declaration on e-government. It is a document laying out the common goals for e-government developme

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European digital ministers have signed the Tallin Declaration on e-government. It is a document laying out the common goals for e-government development over the next five years.

The declaration was signed by all member states of the European Union, together with the European Free Trade Association countries Liechtentein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, as stated in a press release.

“For Estonians, e-government has become quite commonplace and we are used to doing things online. However, in Europe as a whole, e-governance is not as common as it is for us. The Tallinn Declaration does not translate into innovation for Estonia as we have already complied with the guidelines agreed upon today with the other European countries.“, said Urve Palo, Estonian Minister for Enterpreneurship and Information Technology.

“For other European countries, however, the Tallinn Declaration brings about significant changes. We came to a common understanding that all European countries need to create opportunities for their citizens and enterprises to use state services digitally and without the need to leave their homes. The deployment of ID-cards across Europe is another aim, in order for digital signatures to be provided internationally. For example, I could sign documents with my Estonian card and my neighbour with their state document. Think about how much time it would save. “, as Palo elaborated as quoted by the official statement.

“The Tallinn Declaration will also provide guidelines for further cooperation in Europe. First and foremost, we do not want countries to ask citizens and businesses for the same data many times over. If I have already registered my car in Estonia, it would be wise if I did not have to redo it, for example, when moving to Belgium. Governments could exchange this data automatically. However, we should always keep in mind that personal data belongs exclusively to the citizen and that countries can only share it when the person in question has explicitly agreed to it.”, as he added.

Conference speakers and panelists analyse how technology can assist in making the decision-making proces of politicalns more data-based. Artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality were discussed as ways to collect real-time data on social processes.

The full declaration can be found on the following link.

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