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President Kaljulaid to Merkel: building a digital society starts from the legal space

President Kaljulaid to Merkel: building a digital society starts from the legal space © Office of the President

“Building up a digital society starts from a promising legal space, and legislative drafting requires the establishment of clear principles, which must be observed in the process of constructing a digital economy and e-governance,” said President Kersti Kaljulaid in Berlin to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of German Federal Republic.

“Most naturally, the transition to digital services will bring along some risks, but the benefits of digitisation are greater. Both the public and private sector of Estonia are happy to share their experiences and the technological solutions required to build up safe e-governance,” added the President of the Republic.

The importance of digital identity and possible ways for its implementation in Germany were also discussed.

The leaders also discussed together the possible focus of the EU Presidency of Germany in the digital sphere. “The European Union could become an engine of digitisation, provided that we can take the required steps: for example, issue our citizens digital identification documents. Our legal space already offers us the required advantages,” said the Head of State of Estonia.

During the one-day working visit to Germany, President Kaljulaid introduced to the senior officials of the German Health Care Ministry about Estonia’s e-health application and discussed the possibilities for creating a trans-European open e-health care system that would meet different requirements and would be safe at the same time. The President of the Republic also met with the President of Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, to discuss the future of Europe – including defence cooperation, Brexit and funding of the next budget period of the European Union.

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