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President Kaljulaid in Germany: Europe could become a paradise for e-states

President Kaljulaid in Germany: Europe could become a paradise for e-states © Office of the President


President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a working visit to Germany today, where she spoke at the annual conference of the Parliamentary Group of the Christian-Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) about Estonia’s plans for using its digital experience to enliven technological developments in the German and European public sector.

“There is a generation in Estonia that has grown up without knowing where the offices of state agencies are and people often ask us how Estonia does it? We usually answer that it comes from one thing – our people have a digital passport – our digital ID. As it makes life easier for people and businesses alike, we see that the digital revolution has benefited society as a whole,” explained President Kaljulaid.

Now Estonia is looking for ways to extend its experience as a digital state to the whole of Europe. “Every start-up has to expand and our start-up Estonia is convincing other European countries that developing public sector technologies is the only way forward. We are used to the idea that Europe is not technologically very advanced, but that is not true. We have a common eIDAS system and the understanding that there must also be a common technological backbone for the development of public digital services. That is why Europe has the opportunity to become a paradise for government technologies this century,” the Head of State added.

The CSU is a sister party to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and part of the German Government Coalition. The conference was also attended by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, President of the CDU.