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A course named after President Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from École Nationale d'Administration

A course named after President Kersti Kaljulaid graduated from École Nationale d'Administration © Office of the President of Estonia

15.11.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke today at the École Nationale d'Administration about the need to reformulate relations between states and their citizens within the global digital society. President Kaljulaid was the patron of this year’s course for French top managers.

“Our societies have been digitally disrupted, but we have not yet been able to adapt to the new society. This will be for our children to achieve,” said the Head of State, emphasising the need to reformulate the social relationship between the state and its citizens. “It is urgent that we figure out the new social contract between the state and citizens, whereby the state takes responsibility to continue providing services to their citizens wherever they work and wherever they live. The citizens, in exchange, can contribute to the state’s resources according to their income, no matter its origin,” explained President Kaljulaid.

Society as a whole will suffer without such a new model that offers customary security networks to all its people around the world. “Income differences will become difficult to bear if basic services like education and healthcare would stop being available to all. Social mobility will die. In addition, it all will happen at this crucial period when we need resources to help those most vulnerable in our societies to adapt to the change we are currently experiencing,” emphasised the President of the Republic.
 
ÉNA (École Nationale d'Administration) is a school for civil servants that serves as a hotbed for the majority of the government leaders of France. The Estonian Head of State was a patron of the course that graduated today. Earlier patrons of the course have included the leading EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, former President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and former President of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
 
The Head of State has been on a work visit to France since Monday. She took part in the Paris Peace Forum at the invitation of President Macron and gave presentations at UNESCO’s General Conference and the GovTech summit on e-governance.