The government approved the vision for the Estonian digital society for the next decade

07.10.2021 | 14:56

Stenbock House, 7 October 2021 – At the sitting today, the government approved and will send to the Riigikogu the Estonian Digital Society Development Plan until 2030. The plan contains the vision and action plan on how to further develop the Estonian economy, state, and society over the next decade.
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According to Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, the vision of the development plan is a digitally capable Estonia. “In a digitally capable Estonia, our people and economy always make the best use of the ever-evolving opportunities of digital technology. In a digitally capable Estonia, it is easy to do the things that we need or want. In a digitally capable Estonia, we are protected in our digital life and boldly move forward in digital development,” the prime minister emphasised. According to her, the main focus of the new development plan is on people. “The goal is for Estonians to have the best experience of the digital state, to be safe in cyberspace, and to have good and affordable transmission connections everywhere in Estonia.”

According to Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, the new development plan will give the Estonian digital tiger the next goal and the state budget together with EU funds will lay the necessary foundation for the next development leap and implementation of the development plan. “The digital tiger has to make its next leap and it needs the right conditions for it. In a digitally capable Estonia, digital solutions are the engine of our economy and the fertilizer for the soil for creating future solutions and innovation,” said Sutt.

The Digital Society Development Plan until 2030 strengthens the necessary foundations in three areas: digital state development, national cyber security, and transmission connections.

In order to achieve the sub-goal of the development of the digital state, activities are planned for the next development leaps of the digital state, such as event services and kratts, as well as for ensuring the functioning of the digital state. In the field of cyber security, the focus is on modernising national organisation, building the capacity to analyse risks and impacts, and increasing the capacity to ensure cyber security. In the area of transmission connections, steps will be taken to develop the regulatory space, access networks, and mobile infrastructure, as well as to support the development of innovative content and business services.

According to Minister Sutt, in order to achieve this vision, the implementation of several different development plans is needed because digital development depends on many factors and parties. “In the development plan of the digital society, we have also set out new expectations for the contribution of policies in other areas because we are not building the digital state alone but in cooperation with other ministries and the private sector,” said Sutt.

The development plan is implemented through an annually renewed digital society programme. The implementation is guided by the steering group of the Digital Society Development Plan chaired by the minister of entrepreneurship and information technology. This includes the top managers of the most closely involved state agencies, representatives of local governments and the private sector, and experts. The digital development team of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is responsible for implementation.

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