Partnering with Estonia to boost Europe’s digital offensive

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solbert and European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will attend an all-day seminar on December 14th, organised jointly by CEPS and the Estonian government. Taking place at the Arsenal, a 19th century military headquarters in the heart of Brussels, ministers and officials will debate the progress of the European digital single market under the Estonian presidency of the European Council. During its six-month presidency, the Estonians made ‘digital’ a priority. The Baltic nation of 1.3m, which gave birth to Skype, has put almost all government services online. E-Estonia has allowed Estonians to file taxes over the internet since 2000 (95% of Estonians file their taxes online),  to obtain medical prescriptions and test results, sign official documents, and even vote from their home computers. The Brussels event will bring together around 250-350 participants, including practitioners, academics, national and European policymakers, corporates and NGOs.