Renewed: 30.09.2013, 15:42
Government Communication Unit, 30 September 2013 12:40
Tallinn, Stenbock House, 30 September 2013 – the Estonian Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, and the Vice-President of the European Commission and the Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, discussed the establishment of the digital single market of the European Union as an opportunity to increase competitiveness, simplify entrepreneurship, and reduce bureaucracy via e-solutions at today’s meeting in Stenbock House.
The Prime Minister stressed that wider distribution of e-ID solutions in the member states of the European Union is particularly based on the interests of the citizens.
“E-services – it is a tool for increasing the transparency of governments, improving efficiency, as well as for citizens to securely communicate with the state and each other,” said the Prime Minister Ansip.
Ansip suggested avoiding the duplication of data requests in the member states of the European Union as it is bureaucratic and hinders the development of cross-border public services.
“The data should be re-used, rather than asked again from the citizens and double-deposited,” Ansip said. “The citizens and companies should have the right to demand that if they already have submitted data for the public authorities within the European Union, the other countries shall re-use it for providing public service.”
The Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, also spoke about the plan to cover entire Estonia with a high-speed broadband connection. He expressed hope that the European Commission will recognise the Estonia’s request to use the European Union’s structural funds for the construction of the whole broadband network in Estonia.
“In addition to the establishment of the basic network, we are envisaging the supporting of the so-called last mile investments, because there is a “market failure” due to the low population density in the majority of Estonia. “Investment without the support does not pay off for the telecommunications carriers to transport the Internet cable to homes and enterprises in small towns and rural areas. Therefore, high-speed Internet connection may actually not reach the users despite the basic network established with the support of the state.”
The Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, also expressed principle support for the communications package discussed at the meeting and which the Vice-President of the European Commission called an important step towards the further development of the digital single market.
“As a citizen and a consumer, I support the overall objective of the communications package to create a unified cross-border market, which facilitates the cross-border provision of services,” Ansip said. “We still need to work on details, but we are willing to contribute to it. We want to support Lithuania as the current President of the Council of the European Union in every way. Without connections and communication, there are no services.”
The Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, acknowledged Estonia’s progress in the field of e-services. She said that Estonia is one of the spokesmen of the digital market and Estonia’s experience is appreciated throughout Europe.
“The digital single market would help to faster overcome the difficulties related to the economic crisis in the European Union,” said Kroes.
When presenting the development of e-services in Estonia to Kroes, the Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, gave her a personalised test-ID card as a gift and the Commissioner could try giving a digital signature, while seeing its simplicity and performance. The goal of Estonia is to reach the recognition and use of digital signatures across Europe.
The photos from the meeting of Ansip and Kroes can be seen here: http://valitsus.ee/et/uudised/pildialbum#2573-1
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