The 16th European Tourism Forum, held yesterday in Tallinn, focused on providing digital and innovative travel services and ensuring more convenient and secure transport connections. Altogether, the forum attracted over 170 top European tourism professionals, both from the public and private sectors.
Yesterday, 19 October, for the first day of the European Council, the heads of state or government of the European Union held in-depth discussions on the aims set during the Tallinn Digital Summit and reaffirmed their determination to move forward with the development of a digital Europe.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be travelling to Brussels today in order to participate in the Tripartite social summit, in which the heads of European Union institutions and European employers and employee representatives will be discussing how to shape the future of Europe by strengthening resilience and promoting economic and social progress for all.
Today, when meeting the Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas noted that Estonia and Sweden should intensify cooperation in the field of e-services already in the near future.
On 13 October, the Estonian presidency organised an informal lunch event for ministers responsible for trade to discuss the Commission’s recent 2017 trade package and the trade-related elements of President Juncker’s State of the Union speech.
Water samples were taken from selected municipalities around the Baltic Sea (such as Pärnu, Riga, Klaipeda, Gdansk, Stockholm, and Turku) to find out the occurrence of hazardous substances.
Today, 11 October, a high-level workshop entitled ‘Digital Dividends: Roads to an Inclusive Digital Society’ will be held in Washington and hosted, among others, by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The workshop will be opened by Märt Kivine, the Estonian Special Representative of the European Union 2018 budget negotiations.
This morning, all member states of the European Union, together with the European Free Trade Association countries Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland signed the Tallinn e-Government Declaration. In the Tallinn Declaration, the common goals for e-government development over the next five years have been agreed on, providing direction for both national and pan-European innovation.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, the governments and public sector of Europe need to be brought into the digital age, because people are already online and expect to get the best possible e-services.
Digital ministers of EU member states, e-government experts, and civil society representatives will meet today at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) to discuss how to share the user experience of e-government technologies between countries.
The high-level conference ‘Soil for sustainable food production and ecosystem services’ was held today, 5 October, at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Full article…
“According to the Estonian Minister for Rural Affairs, Tarmo Tamm, agricultural soils are often degraded in an invisible way due to management practices, which are not suitable for the specific conditions. “This is why the sustainability of agricultural soils is of key importance to European agriculture. With the sustainable management of agricultural soils, we are ensuring high-quality food for ourselves and preserving our surrounding environment. We will bring the conclusions and suggestions from the conference to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in November,” Minister Tamm stressed.”
On 5 October 2017 in Tallinn, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – in close cooperation with the European Commission – organised and hosted the second Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting on the digital economy.
On 5 October EU tax and IT specialists will be gathering at the conference ‘SmartEST Taxation’ in Tallinn to discuss the next-generation smart and secure e-services and how the collected tax data can be reflected back to businesses. The e-taxation conference is organised by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, EU’s Eastern Partnership countries have significantly developed the security of their cyberspace and successfully use digital solutions in governance in order to improve the transparency of government processes.
At the e-Partnership Conference held in Tallinn today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser reaffirmed Estonia’s commitment to developing the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and stressed the importance of using IT in reforming societies.
On 4 October, the ministerial-level e-Partnership conference will take place in Tallinn, gathering together over 150 participants, including civil society and government representatives from the six countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries plus top experts from EU member states to discuss how to best use information technology in improving transparency in decision-making processes and in guaranteeing the security of cyberspace.
In September, more than 3 000 people attended the events of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. One of the most important events hosted by Tallinn was the Digital Summit, which was preceded by high-level conferences, informal meetings of ministers and working group meetings.
On 5-6 October, the high-level conference ‘Soil for sustainable food production and ecosystem services’ takes place at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Full article…
This week, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is hosting several high-level discussions on topics such as trust in e-governance in Eastern Partnership countries and how to transfer e-governance knowledge and expertise between countries.