Estonia is synonymous with transparent and efficient e-services – and the Estonian Presidency of the European Council aims to accelerate the adoption of a digital Europe. Since June 2017, Estonia has led negotiations on a series of important digital issues and hosted an extensive range of digital events, culminating in this high level summit in Brussels.
More than 500 participants heard Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip and CEPS chairman and former European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia offering a progress report of the presidency. The Norwegian government was also present to explain its exciting Digital North initiative. A total of 15 workshops on a broad range of digital policymaking issues was held, including exciting private sector keynote speakers led by Microsoft’s John Franks, Index Venture’s Neil Rimer and Skype founder Jaan Tallinn.
Below are some of the highlights of the event:
And here are some interesting conversations shared on Twitter that day:
Estonian Prime Minister @ratasjuri emphasising the urgency of challenges that need to be addressed, at the highest political level in the EU.
— EU2017EE (@EU2017EE) December 14, 2017
Speaking about cross-border #cybersecurity cooperation at the final event of Estonian presidency. Thanks to @CEPS_thinktank & @EU2017EE for including @PaloAltoNtwks . We are contributing to a cybersecure #Europe #eu2017EE pic.twitter.com/RwtDMErck6
— Danielle Kriz (@daniellekrizcyb) December 14, 2017
Speaking at the Digital Presidency Takeaway's event. #EU2017EE has done a great work to bring Europe closer to a functioning #DigitalSingleMarket https://t.co/WeI9YQKYRn@CEPS_thinktank pic.twitter.com/XaJ0OauRwB
— Andrus Ansip (@Ansip_EU) December 14, 2017
— RacheleCiavarella (@Rachele_ICT) December 14, 2017
RT @mariarosagib: Index Ventures founder says UK and France have the most favourable tax policy for #Startups in Europe today according to their benchmarking study #EU2017EE @CEPS_thinktank pic.twitter.com/w1Ssh6URmj
— Vitosha Media (@VitoshaMedia) December 14, 2017