Estonia's Digital Presidency wrap-up
Estonia is synonymous with transparent and efficient e-services – and the Estonian Presidency of the European Council, during the second half of 2017, accelerated the adoption of a digital Europe. In this latter capacity, Estonia lead negotiations on a series of important digital issues and hosted an extensive range of digital events, culminating in the high-level summit at CEPS on December 14th. Around 350 who’s who of digital policymaking in Brussels heard Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip and CEPS Chairman and former European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia offer a progress report. The Norwegian government explained its Digital North initiative. Participants listened to a series of exciting keynote speakers from the private sector, led by Microsoft’s John Franks, Index Venture’s Neil Rimer and Skype founder Jaan Tallinn. A total of 15 workshops were held on a broad range of digital policymaking issues. We had almost 20,000 views of the live web stream of the plenary sessions. The overarching question guiding the debate was how to achieve the proper regulatory balance that promotes digital opportunity and avoids digital dangers. Disruptive technology can improve the effectiveness of public institutions and the well-being of EU citizens. Just as it offers gigantic opportunities, however, the digital revolution frightens many citizens, making them fearful of losing their personal privacy or their traditional jobs.
See the link below for the full programme, the highlight video, tweets and photos: