Estonian Embassy in Belarus :: News & events http://www.estemb.by/eng en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee Estonia, your good friend in the European Union http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1254 <p><b>Estonia, your good friend in the European Union </b></p> <p>Sven Mikser, Estonian Foreign Minister</p> <p>Although Estonia is one of the smallest European Union Member States with its population of 1.3 million, we’re proud to hold the Presidency of the European Union, which has a population of over 500 million, and to be influencing the priorities of this large union for six months. </p> <p>Maintaining and developing the relationships of the European Union with our neighbours in the east has always been a priority for Estonia, as it has for our good neighbours Latvia and Lithuania. As such, it’s no surprise that communication with those eastern partners and strengthening their ties with the European Union was one of the priorities of our Presidency in the second half of 2017. </p> <p>Let me remind you that in EU jargon, the Eastern Partnership is an initiative governing the relationship of the European Union with six eastern countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Maintaining and developing relationships is more than an empty phrase, as the European Union has achieved good results with its cooperative partners, which help the ordinary people of those countries. </p> <p>There is no doubt that visa-free entry to the Schengen Area is extremely important to ordinary people, and this year it expanded to the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine in addition to Moldova. The European Union has also entered into association agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. These are the most developed agreements the EU has signed with third countries in its history. They bring our partners closer to the EU both politically and economically. The formula is simple: our partners adopt the acquis of the EU, and in return they gradually gain entry to the internal market of the EU. These agreements entering into force is not the end of the road: it’s just the beginning. The performance of obligations, incl. the implementation of reforms, will make it possible for our partners to demand more in the future. </p> <p>I’ve visited almost all of our eastern partners as Foreign Minister since February. I can therefore say that the credibility of Estonia in the region is strong, the footprint of our actions is deep and the expectations of our partners regarding further developments in our relationships during the Estonian Presidency has been high. </p> <p>The faith of several eastern partners in the “European project” and its transforming powers remains strong, and they are highly motivated to become like us. We must not let this weaken. We want these countries to have democratic and transparent governments that respect human rights and work in the people’s, not corrupt, interests. The development of economic relationships with partner countries is extremely important, but our entrepreneurs also expect their investments to be protected and the rule of law to be effective. This is why we must focus on activities that make our societies stronger and more resistant to external and internal pressures when we plan the partnership.</p> <p>During the Presidency of the European Union, Estonia has had two broader goals in regard to the partnership: firstly, to keep it in political focus in the EU; and secondly, to see it progress during our Presidency. </p> <p>As the contractual and institutional relationship between the EU and its eastern partners is becoming clearer, the partnership now focuses on cooperation projects that actually improve people’s lives. It must be said that despite integration with and the support of the EU, ordinary people may not associate the need for reforms and the resulting increase in their welfare with the EU at all. Not only does this undermine the support of people for reforms, but also overall progress towards an organisation of life that follows European values. Inadequate communication has also been a problem area where significant improvement is required. </p> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:49:44 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1254 Mikser: summit provides clear future direction for Eastern Partnership http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1251 <a href="http://vm.ee/en/news/mikser-summit-provides-clear-future-direction-eastern-partnership">http://vm.ee/en/news/mikser-summit-provides-clear-future-direction-eastern-partnership</a> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:26:37 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1251 Estonian film November wins Listapad 2017 Grand Prix http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1247 <a href="http://eng.belta.by/society/view/estonian-film-november-wins-listapad-2017-grand-prix-106659-2017/">http://eng.belta.by/society/view/estonian-film-november-wins-listapad-2017-grand-prix-106659-2017/</a> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:14:45 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1247 Interview with Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1246 <a href="http://eurodialogue.eu/sven-mikser-minister-foreign-affairs-estonia">http://eurodialogue.eu/sven-mikser-minister-foreign-affairs-estonia</a> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:57:33 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1246 Mikser at e-Partnership Conference: digital security and use of IT to engage public key to implementing reforms in Eastern Partnership countries http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1242 <a href="http://vm.ee/en/news/mikser-e-partnership-conference-digital-security-and-use-it-engage-public-key-implementing">http://vm.ee/en/news/mikser-e-partnership-conference-digital-security-and-use-it-engage-public-key-implementing</a> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 05:29:36 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1242 Tallinn Digital Summit on 29 September 2017 http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1237 <p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: ET; mso-fareast-language: ET; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><a href="https://www.eu2017.ee/political-meetings/tallinn-digital-summit"><font color="#0563c1">https://www.eu2017.ee/political-meetings/tallinn-digital-summit</font></a></span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: ET; mso-fareast-language: ET; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: ET; mso-fareast-language: ET; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><br></span></span></p> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:46:23 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1237 Estonia Ranks 3rd in Europe in Economic Freedom http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1232 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">According to the Hertiage Foundation’s 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, Estonia ranks 3<sup style="box-sizing: border-box;">rd</sup> in Europe and 9<sup style="box-sizing: border-box;">th</sup> globally. While the overall score for Estonia rose by 0.4 points to 77.2, the overall position was one spot lower than in 2015 globally. Estonia is surpassed in Europe by Ireland and Switzerland, while its neighbors Latvia and Lithuania ranked 36<sup style="box-sizing: border-box;">th</sup> and 13<sup style="box-sizing: border-box;">th</sup> respectively.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Notable successes in subcategories of the index included Rule of Law, Management of Public Finance and Open Markets. Estonia needs to work on Labor Freedom.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The researchers for Heritage Foundation make note of the heavy publicity the few cases of government corruption received in local media and that the judiciary is effectively insulated from government influence. Further, the reduction in personal income and corporate tax rates to 20 percent and no taxation on undistributed profits are seen as positive developments.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">A more detailed report can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://www.heritage.org/index/country/estonia" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">here</a>.</p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1232 e-Residents from Singapore Can Soon Open Estonian Bank Accounts without Travelling to Estonia http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1231 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Start-ups in Singapore eyeing the European Union (EU) market will become the first in the world to benefit from a scheme enabling them to open a bank account in the Baltic nation Estonia without needing to travel there, the Singapore newspaper&nbsp;<a href="https://t.co/o2JPfH9xWl" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">Straights Times</a> writes.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">This benefit comes with enrolment in Estonia's e-residency scheme, which allows non-citizens to perform e-government and e-business transactions in the country. These include setting up a company and a bank account.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Estonia, a nation of 1.3 million people, is near Russia and Scandinavia. It is part of the EU. Under the scheme, set up in early 2014, some 8,000 e-resident cards have been issued, mostly in Europe. The scheme is now being rolled out in South-east Asia via Singapore.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Estonian government and bank officials will travel to Singapore every quarter starting from April to issue e-resident cards and bank cards to those whose e-applications have been approved.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Previously, applicants had to go to the nearest Estonian consulates and embassies - in Shanghai or New Delhi - to get their e-resident cards. Bank accounts could be set up only by travelling to Estonia.</p> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1231 Alec Ross: An Epic Tale of Two Countries http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1230 <div style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; width: 295px; background-color: #ffffff;" class="wp-caption aligncenter" id="attachment_932"><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" data-rel="lightbox-0" href="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/e-est_03.jpg"><img style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: left;" height="285" width="285" alt="Tallinn Skyline" src="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/e-est_03.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-932" /></a> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" class="wp-caption-text">Tallinn Skyline</p> </div> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">Estonia and Belarus: two countries taking very different paths. Alec Ross explores the difference between Estonia and Belarus’ post Soviet societies.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">Noting forward-thinking leaders like Mart Laar who helped in the beginning to propel Estonia forward to become a digital leader, to current President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who has helped introduce the world to Estonian capabilities.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">In his article, Ross looks at the history of both countries in terms of how they responded to the crisis in 1991. With inflation rising rapidly and no legal framework, Estonian leaders went to work to not only solve the current crisis, but also set Estonia on a trajectory into the future. “Estonia has not produced a centi-billion-dollar company like Google, but it has achieved some notable successes, including Skype. More significant, it has innovated in a way that every place in the world, including Silicon Valley, should envy,” Ross writes.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">From voting online to filing taxes online, Estonians are at the center of e-governance. They have created an “efficiency haven” for entrepreneurs who want to start a business, even creating a pathway to digital citizenship through the e-Residency program.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">As Ross says, “Estonia has demonstrated how innovation in the industries of the future can do more than just generate wealth and employment; it can enhance our civic and political life. In this respect we should stop asking about the next Silicon Valley and start asking about the next Estonia.”</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;">Read the full article&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" href="http://estoniaeuadm.estonia.eu/mailto:https://medium.com/backchannel/epic-country-level-a-b-test-proves-open-is-better-than-closed-d3f36c21b4f2%23.mn0syv75k" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1230 BBC features Estonia in ‘My Perfect Country’ http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1229 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" data-rel="lightbox-0" href="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/520x260_twitter.jpg"><img style="margin: 0px auto 20px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: block; float: left;" height="260" width="520" alt="520x260_twitter" src="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/520x260_twitter.jpg" class="wp-image-996 size-full aligncenter" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;">&nbsp;<span style="text-align: justify;">The BBC recently featured Estonia in a new series called “My Perfect Country.” During the interview, host Fi Glover and guests, digital entrepreneur, &nbsp;Martha Lane Fox and Professor Henrietta Moore interview Estonian CIO Taavi Kotka, Teleport founder Sten Tamkivi, and the co-founder of Transferwise, Taavet Hinrikus, among others. Topics such as innovation, the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://e-estonia.com/component/x-road/" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; text-align: justify; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" target="_blank">Estonian X-Road</a><span style="text-align: justify;">, the</span><a href="https://e-estonia.com/component/electronic-id-card/" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; text-align: justify; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" target="_blank">eID</a><span style="text-align: justify;">, and the Estonian&nbsp;</span><a href="https://e-estonia.com/component/e-residency/" style="font-family: inherit; line-height: inherit; text-align: justify; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" target="_blank">e-Residency program</a><span style="text-align: justify;">.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">Check out “My Perfect Country: Estonia”&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03gscmv" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1229 Estonia Startup Ecosystem Report Published http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1228 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">While small, the Estonia startup ecosystem is growing very rapidly, building on the several success stories it has produced, Startup Compass writes in its&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.compass.co/estonia/" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">blog post</a> on Estonia Startup Ecosystem Report.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Skype, the world’s largest P2P communications platform, is oftenconsidered the trigger of Estonia’s emerging startup ecosystem. Skype’s acquisition by eBay for $2.6 billion in2005puttheBalticstate on the global map of innovation and fueled it with financial resources and startup experience. The FinTech startup TransferWise, among others, re-confirmed that Estonian startups can be globally competitive with a $58 million Series C round in January 2015 led by renowned Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Whether directly or indirectly, the government has been supporting the ecosystem and has helped it gain momentum. Initiatives such as e-government, the digitization of public agency processes, and e-Residency, offering foreigners a government-issued digital identity and the opportunity to run a trusted company online, have been well-received by the startup community. Accordingly an impressive 66% of Estonian startup founders expressed satisfaction with regards to the national government whereas the global average lies at only 25%.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The private sector has been very active as well. The establishment of many accelerator programs and co-working spaces as well as the development of a growing investor community have been crucial in fueling the ecosystem with know-how and capital. The contribution of Skype alumni is notable, with several early employees becoming angel investors and the co-founders starting an active venture investment group.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Order the&nbsp;<a href="http://startup-ecosystem.compass.co/ser2015/estonia/" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">full report</a>.</p> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1228 Planet OS Partners up with German Energy Giant RWE http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1227 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><img width="400" style="box-sizing: border-box;" alt="RWE Planet OS Partnership" src="http://investinestonia.com/images/news-images/RWE_Planet_OS_Partnership.jpg" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">RWE and Planet OS signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to build big data infrastructure for geospatial IoT. The first joint project of two companies is a next generation dashboard for RWE’s Gwynt Y Mor wind farm in Wales.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“As energy production is becoming increasingly decentralized and more of it will come from renewable sources, we need to start paying close attention to unpredictable weather patterns and other external risk factors the world is facing today,” said Mr. Peter Terium, Chief Executive of RWE Group during a visit to its Californian daughter company. “Working with data technology developed by Planet OS can help us to monitor and analyze geospatial sensor data in one system, improving operational efficiency, safety and production output. This is an important step for RWE on its way to become one of the leading data-driven and technology-driven utilities in Europe,” he continued.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Planet OS is a big data infrastructure company for geospatial IoT, solving the most difficult data discovery, data access, and decision support problems for the energy industries and government agencies. “Their technology is remarkable. Planet OS has created a suite of powerful cloud-based solutions, designed for Earth observation and industrial sensor networks, which allows us to securely integrate open and commercial environmental data with our proprietary data,” said Hans-Martin Hellebrand, Manager at RWE New Ventures LLC based in Silicon Valley.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“We’re honoured to partner up with RWE and confident of a very successful long-term cooperation. Our first joint project is a unified dashboard for Gwynt Y Mor wind farm in Wales, which is the second largest offshore windfarm in the world,” said Rainer Sternfeld, Founder and CEO of Planet OS. Energy companies that keep their data feed separate, are not only missing out on opportunities for growth, but also putting their businesses under a tremendous risk. Planet OS provides the common language that specialists and executives need to increase profitability of operations, mitigate environmental risks and plan new business opportunities. “Luckily, farsighted and ambitious companies like RWE understand that data is the new commodity,” added Sternfeld.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The partnership agreement was signed between Californian foothold of one of the leading European utilities RWE Group, RWE New Ventures LLC, and Planet OS Inc., Silicon Valley big data company with roots in Estonia. This fall Planet OS was selected as one of the breakthrough solutions helping to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations. The broader vision and goal of Planet OS is to index the real world by becoming the search engine for Earth data.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Read more from&nbsp;<a style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;" target="_blank" href="https://planetos.com/blog/">Planet OS Blog</a>.</p> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1227 New Estonian-located Development Teams of Foreign Enterprises http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1226 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">During the past four months another three international large enterprises have announced locating their support centres in Estonia. Even more new comers are expected this year as foreign enterprises are attracted by the local educated labour force, business daily&nbsp;<a style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;" target="_blank" href="http://www.aripaev.ee/">Äripäev</a> writes.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Today the IT development and innovation centre of the international financial enterprise arvato Financial Solutions will open in Tallinn, last December the global IT enterprise HCL Technologies introduced its Tallinn development centre and last October Nordea Bank announced basing the support services unit of the group in Estonia during the coming spring. These examples only date back to the last four months, yet Estonia has been favoured among the world’s large enterprises as a location for support units for a while now and it seems the popularity of Estonia is only increasing.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Agnes Makk who holds the position of CEO of arvato Estonia from last November states that in the case of arvato Financial Solutions the choice was made in favour of Estonia due to the developed financial services market, success of the e-government and cultural suitability. The German-born enterprise also considered other Eastern European nations for their IT development centre, yet according to Makk Estonia was favoured partially due to the work of Enterprise Estonia even considering the local labour force is no longer the cheapest one available.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“Enterprise Estonia was contacted in order to find out what Estonia has to offer. Although other similar agencies in Eastern Europe were also contacted, Estonia clearly stood out among the competition. The difference with other former Soviet nations was immense. The welcome was warm, the communication fast, they felt a cultural suitability and emphasised our Scandinavian-like thinking,” Makk adds.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Head of the Estonian Investment Agency of Enterprise Estonia Indrek Pällo says their role comprised of introducing the Estonian services and development centre sector as well as connecting arvato Financial Solutions with the parties necessary for developing the centre. According to Pällo, Enterprise Estonia did not provide any direct financial support to the enterprise.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Pällo also adds they are currently coopering with several new comers in addition to arvato Financial Solutions, however these enterprises are not yet ready to make any public announcements. “The level of maturity of the Estonian services and development centre sector is characterised by most of current projects being directed at creating or expanding support services units of industrial and production groups in Estonia,” he comments.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">100 people in three years</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">arvato Financial Solutions that operates under the international media group Bertelsmann is itself a group of nine enterprises that provides various financial services to the other enterprises. The Estonian support centre will provide IT development and innovation services to the enterprises of the group. All services will be exported; the Estonian unit will mainly be cooperating with Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“Our goal is to provide IT support to businesses. When talking about the payment business, the process is extremely dynamic as providing very fast IT solutions may be necessary and occasionally it might make more sense to provide these in cooperation with another Estonian enterprise. It is our job to find a suitable solution,” Makk says.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The enterprise is planning to hire 100 people in three years. They are aware of labour scarcity, yet Makk evaluates the plan of hiring 30-35 highly qualified IT specialists a year as a realistic goal. “People tend to explore the market and look for new challenges. If we do not find a sufficient amount of people in Estonia, we are willing to hire from our neighbouring countries,” she adds. The requirements of the enterprise are relatively demanding – they are looking for experienced .NET and Java developers, team leaders and quality leaders and, first and foremost, senior specialists who possess good communication skills in addition to been skilled with the computer.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">In order to ensure necessary labour force, the enterprise will follow Makk’s proposal of cooperating with Tallinn University of Technology to offer students internships. The employees will also be giving lectures at the university, providing research areas for theses and participating in career fairs.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Nordea’s plans still to be announced</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The first employees of the Nordea Operations Centre Tallinn support centre started work this week.<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />The centre will offer support for services and processes related to bank products to all commercial entities and functions of Nordea Group in addition to the existing support services unit in Poland.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">According to Head of Communications at Nordea Estonia Jane-Liina Liiv, the number of future positions as well as the amount to be invested in the Tallinn unit has not yet been confirmed. “The support services unit of Nordea Group has only started and time will tell how much we can expand. The main investments are related to ensuring technical readiness and to people,” Liiv says.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The support centre is hiring those capable of acquiring knowledge fast, are solution-oriented and have good command of a Scandinavian language. According to Liiv, Nordea Estonia offers a competitive wage as well as various benefits.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Although Nordea and arvato have not received financial support from Enterprise Estonia, the foundation has supported the establishment of numerous other enterprises: Tieto, Kühne+Nagel, Opus Capita, and Ramirent. A total of nine enterprises have been supported via measures of support services and development centres. Pällo also mentions a new measure for directing international enterprises towards Estonia when choosing a location for expanding.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“This time we are promoting establishing support services and development centres outside Tallinn. We can already provide excellent examples of enterprises who have established their units outside Tallinn. Danpower operates in Võru and Jeld-Wen in Rakvere. Why not create centres in Narva, Pärnu or Haapsalu?” Pällo explains.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1226 e-Residency to Support Nasdaq in Transforming Shareholder Participation http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1225 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"><a href="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/e-res-id-card.jpg" data-rel="lightbox-0" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;"><img class="alignnone wp-image-25323 size-medium" src="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/e-res-id-card-300x183.jpg" alt="e-res-id-card" width="300" height="183" style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong>TALLINN &amp; NEW YORK –</strong> <a target="_blank" href="http://business.nasdaq.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;">Nasdaq</a> (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and the&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://valitsus.ee/en" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;">Republic of Estonia</a> have announced that Estonia’s e-Residency platform will be facilitating a blockchain-based e-voting service to allow shareholders of companies listed on&nbsp;Nasdaq’s Tallinn Stock Exchange,&nbsp;Estonia’s only regulated securities market, to vote in shareholder meetings. The country’s e-Residency platform is an electronic identity system used by both Estonian residents and those with business interests in the country to access government services through e-Residency digital authentication. The program marks the second official blockchain project Nasdaq is executing on after&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://ir.nasdaq.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=948326" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;">successfully delivering</a> the first private securities issuance between an investor and company via Nasdaq Linq, its blockchain-enabled platform.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">As part of the program’s pilot, shareholders who are Estonian or Estonian e-residents will be able to participate in the corporate governance of companies more conveniently and securely than ever before. The e-Residency platform vastly improves the ability to authenticate shareholders for the e-voting service, while blockchain technology will allow votes to be quickly and securely recorded, streamlining a proxy voting process that has historically been labor-intensive and fragmented. The pilot is aimed to launch in 2016.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">“I’m delighted Nasdaq will be using the e-Residency platform to offer shareholders a new e-voting system,” said Kaspar Korjus, Program Director, e-Residency. “When we started the e-Residency project a year ago we knew we would change the way people think about nations and citizenship. Now, via our e-voting collaboration with Nasdaq, we will be revolutionizing corporate governance.”</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">Making it easier and safer for shareholders to participate in company meetings and votes is not just a matter of convenience or security; these interactions are the primary ways that a company’s shareholders interact with corporate management and shape the future of the company they own. By making e-voting more efficient and secure, the blockchain-based system has the potential to empower shareholders and improve their engagement.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">“On the heels of the successful execution of a Blockchain transaction in the US private market, we are pleased to further advance this technology in Estonia,” said Hans-Ole Jochumsen, President, Nasdaq. “Estonia’s robust information society and forward thinking coupled with the agility its size affords, creates a unique opportunity to premiere the e-voting pilot in Estonia. We’re excited to see the development of this project over the coming months, and look forward to working closely with the government of Estonia to set a transformative example of the future of governance.”</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; text-align: justify; background-color: #ffffff;">* See more official announcement from Nasdaq&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/nasdaqs-blockchain-technology-to-transform-the-republic-of-estonias-eresidency-shareholder-20160212-00058" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;">here</a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;">*More information on e-Residency&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="https://e-estonia.com/component/e-residency/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;">here</a>.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1225 Investment Aid to Support Service and R&amp;D Centres http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1224 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Investment aid to support service and R&amp;D centres brings service centers into the spotlight.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The purpose of aid is to support international support service and R&amp;D centers to increase their international competitiveness. Sub-target is to develop and introduce (execute) services, products and technologies of higher value&nbsp;Applicants must be registered in Estonia, have a Group turnover 100+ mEUR/year, be present in at least 2 foreign countries and offer either support or R&amp;D services to company’s core activity. By the end of the project, full-time employment must have increased by at least 20 and average gross salary per employee must be at least equal to or higher than 1.5 times the county average published by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stat.ee/en" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">Statistics Estonia</a>.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><a target="_blank" href="http://investinestonia.com/en/business-opportunities/shared-services/how-we-help" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">Read more about the investment aid</a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><a target="_blank" href="http://investinestonia.com/en/publications/case-studies/case/1092-estonia-the-smart-choice-for-shared-service-centres" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">Read why Estonia is a smart choice for service centers</a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><a target="_blank" href="http://investinestonia.com/en/business-opportunities/shared-services/case-studies-media" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">See the case studies of successful service centers established in Estonia</a></p> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1224 Estonia Embraces Uber and Taxify as First European Country to Legalize and Regulate Ride-Sharing http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1223 <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><img width="400" style="box-sizing: border-box;" alt="uber" src="http://investinestonia.com/images/photos/uber.jpg" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">While many European cities are reactionary when it comes to non-traditional taxi services, other European countries are keen to embrace new ideas as a way of proving their technology credentials and hoping to attract consequent investment in their startup ecosystem,&nbsp;<a style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;" target="_blank" href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/montymunford/2016/02/28/estonia-embraces-uber-and-taxify-as-first-european-country-to-legalize-and-regulate-ride-sharing/#33f055bb6968">Forbes</a> writes.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">One particular country is the Baltic republic of Estonia, a country of only 1.3 million, but one that has been revolutionary in its pursuit of the Technology Dollar. Not only did it launch an e-citizenship initiative in 2014 and digitise its Government documents while others were still sending faxes, it is also likely to be the first European country to regulate and legalize ride-sharing services such as Uber, and its local and more popular taxi app, Taxify.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Support comes from the highest level as demonstrated by the Estonian Prime Minister last week speaking on the 98th anniversary of the Estonian Republican speech.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“Wouldn’t it be reasonable at a time when a large part of the world is finding protectionist reasons to prohibit the sharing economy if we, Estonia, would be the first country to welcome Uber, Taxify and Airbnb?</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“These business models do not just mean better competition and better service levels, but they may also become a part of the solution to Estonia’s sparse population issue, and incentivize more people to become entrepreneurs”, said Taavi Rõivas, Estonian Prime Minister.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The process is well-advanced. Last week a meeting was held at the Estonian Parliament to initiate amendments to the country’s transport act. If approved, the amendment will be the first of a kind in Europe, with ratification of the amendment expected in weeks, rather than months.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The proposed amendments confirmed that private individuals can provide transportation services as long as certain conditions are met. These include provisions that all bookings are done electronically and service clients can estimate their trip price before the trip.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">This will be great news to local company Taxify, that since its launch in the summer of 2013 has seen the company become the biggest ride-booking app in Estonia and the surrounding Baltic States of Latvia and Lithuania.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">“At Taxify, we’re proud that we were part of the hearing and provided helpful input for the parliament members and the public to assess the viability of the amendment”, said Markus Villig, CEO Taxify.</p> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1223 Estonia’s Flagship Tech Conference Latitude59 Will Discuss Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Virtual Nation http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1206 <img src="http://estoniaeuadm.estonia.eu/images/news/latitude_foto.jpg" width="356" alt="latitude_foto" /> <div></div> <div> <p><strong>This year’s Latitude59 will be held on May 31 – June 1 in Tallinn where startups and big players of the tech industry will be discussing topics like Virtual Nation, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. </strong></p> <p>Until the end of 2015, there are special ‘early bird’ tickets to Latitude59 available for a price of € 59, from January 1 the ticket price will be € 159.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The tech conference is expecting more than 1,500 handpicked entrepreneurs and innovators. Among the big players participating are tech-giants Google an IBM.</p> <p>IBM will be introducing its <a href="http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/">Watson</a> project at Latitude59.&nbsp; It is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Or put more simply – a computer system that is capable of answering complex questions posed in natural language.</p> <p>One of the key sub-divisions of the Virtual Nation block of topics is <a href="https://e-estonia.com/e-residents/about/">e-Residency</a> and building new services on its platform. Estonia’s e-Residency is a transnational digital identity that was revealed at last year’s Latitude59. Since then the project, also considered the world’s first government startup, has gained more than 7,500 e-residents. But e-Residency is not willing to stop there – its goal is to make Estonia the world’s biggest country that has only 1.3 million physical inhabitants. The e-Residency program has set a goal of recruiting 10 million e-residents by 2025.</p> <p>Handpicked startups will be able to show what they have got at Latitude59’s demo area. This year the area is bigger than ever before, having room for 59 best startups. The event will also include pitching competitions for different stage startups.</p> <p>Latitude59 means two days full of exciting discussions, cutting-edge Nordic and Baltic startups and countless networking possibilities. Latitude59 has become Estonia's flagship tech conference. It’s a great platform for all global-minded people to meet potential partners, the ultimate go-to place for the Nordic &amp; Baltic startup scene, the largest international startup and venture capital gathering in Estonia.</p> <p>More information and tickets are available at <a href="http://www.latitude59.ee/">www.latitude59.ee</a>.</p> </div> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:58:41 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1206 Become an e-Resident of Estonia. Online, of course http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1205 <div class="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;"><img src="http://investinestonia.com/images/LIE/newsletters/3/eResident.jpg" alt="eResidency" width="400" style="box-sizing: border-box;" /></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Can you guess the one thing that connects Japan’s&nbsp;Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, The Economist’s editor Edward Lucas and president and CEO of Swedbank Group&nbsp;Michael Wolf? No?Well, they and more than 4 200 other foreigners are all&nbsp;e-residents&nbsp;of Estonia.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Last year, in October 2014, Estonia first introduced the idea of&nbsp;e-Residency&nbsp;and the interest was huge – almost immediately over 4 000 followers signed up see where this ‘crazy idea’ would develop. Now, over 18 000 prospective e-residents worldwide have subscribed to the program newsletter.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Today Estonia already has over 4 200 e-residents and currently several hundred are waiting for their e-Residency approval. There have been applicants from 113 countries, almost a half of them from neighbouring countries such as Finland and Russia, but also from much further afield places like Italy, India or the United States.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Although the project managers of e-Residency dared to predict as many as 2 000 e-residents by the end of 2015, it is obvious that the number is going to exceed their wildest dreams, and reach a level more like 10 000.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">One of the advantages, and the key reason why applications are booming, is because it is so much easier to apply compared with what it was at the beginning. At the time of writing (May 2015) it is possible to apply for e-Residency online. You can also choose your desired pickup location: one of 38 Estonian embassies and consulates around the world, or an&nbsp;Estonian Police&nbsp;and&nbsp;Border Guard Board&nbsp;service point.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Note that these people are not and will not become physical citizens of Estonia, nor will they become residents of Estonia. They will not necessarily become tax residents either and the e-resident&nbsp;digital ID&nbsp;is not a physical identification or a travel document.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">So what are the benefits of e-Residency and why do people apply? Since e-Residency is a platform for advanced government and business services which is open to virtually everyone on the planet, e-residents will have access to one of the world’s most advanced set of e-services, a set that this small Baltic country has been developing since the 1990s.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">e-Residency is likely to attract a veritable swarm of business entrepreneurs, freelancers and fans of the digital society in a way that can turn the whole idea of being a small country on its head.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Estonia’s unofficial motto is that states can become bigger than the sum of their physical residents. Plus it would be a good idea to move your business to Estonia if you are interested in low amounts of red tape and high quality of e-services. And we already have some numbers to prove that the scheme is working – new e-residents have created 93 companies in Estonia already, and altogether there are&nbsp;284&nbsp;companies in Estonia where e-residents are involved.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">e-residents can create companies in minutes as opposed to the days or even months that the process can take in some regions of the world. They can administer their companies and assets in a hassle-free manner from anywhere in the world. They can sign and verify the authenticity of signed documents digitally without travelling. If they need to pay taxes in Estonia, they can take advantage of the world-famous Estonian tax interface which makes declaring taxes so easy that the whole process is over in only about five minutes!</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">You can already access&nbsp;online payment&nbsp;service providers, and conduct e-banking and&nbsp;remote money transfers&nbsp;by establishing an Estonian bank account. Opening an account currently requires one in-person meeting at the bank, and is at the sole discretion of banking partners.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">The current list of basic services is growing rapidly, but the very success of Estonia’s e-Residency program depends on government and private sector cooperation in creating new applications.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Currently several banks and start-ups are working on innovations that will make their services available to e-residents. At the beginning of September there was also an event called&nbsp;‘Garage48 e-Residency’, where&nbsp;Garage48,&nbsp;Enterprise Estonia, the&nbsp;Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Information System Authorities&nbsp;teamed up to create an international e-Residency hackathon.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">‘Our goal is to draw attention to the fact that all developers and service providers are welcome to develop services to the open digital identity platform. The e-Residency platform could in many aspects be compared with the Apple App Store, as it allows to create many needed services to e-residents. It is very important that the new customer base is recognised by the developers and service providers, who may already offer their services to e-residents,’ says&nbsp;Taavi Kotka, the Government CIO, Deputy Secretary General of ICT at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">If this has whetted your appetite to find out more, and to get further instructions on how to apply, you can visit the e-Residency&nbsp;website&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://e-resident.gov.ee/" target="_blank" style="box-sizing: border-box; text-decoration: none; color: #43c7ed;">e-resident.gov.ee</a> and start your application. It will cost you just €50 in state fee and a credit card processing fee of €0.99. We guarantee that this is worth it.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Over the next few pages we will introduce you some notable e-residents of Estonia who are already using the benefits and helping us to revolutionize the world!</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">e-residents receive a smart ID card which provides:</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">•&nbsp;Digital identification and authentication<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />•&nbsp;Digital signing of documents<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />•&nbsp;Digital verification of document authenticity<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />•&nbsp;Document encryption</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: Symphony, Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.6px; background-color: #ffffff;">Estonia invites developers to integrate the secure and simple open ID platform with services requiring&nbsp;digital authentication&nbsp;and&nbsp;document signing.</p> </div> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1205 UK hands over D5 presidency to Estonia http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1204 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"><a href="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/5-digital-interview-tips.jpg" data-rel="lightbox-0" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-24360" src="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/5-digital-interview-tips-300x212.jpg" alt="5-digital-interview-tips" width="300" height="212" style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" /></a></p> <p>The&nbsp;Digital 5, or&nbsp;D5, is a network of leading&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_government">digital governments</a> with the goal of strengthening the digital economy.<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_5#cite_note-1">[1]</a></p> <p>The members are bonded by the principle of openness; they are focused on changing government’s relationship with technology by adopting&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_standards">open standards</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_software">open-source software</a> as well as making digital government more effective. They intend to bring in digital skills in-house and encourage short-term contracts with small and medium business suppliers. Discussions at their inaugural meetup included&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_connectivity">connectivity</a>, teaching children to&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_programming">code</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_market">open markets</a>.<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_5#cite_note-2">[2]</a> The group will meet annually to showcase digital accomplishments by governments around the world.</p> <p>Group of the world’s most advanced digital nations to hold next summit in Tallinn in November.&nbsp;The UK has handed over the presidency of the D5 group of the world’s most digitally advanced nations to Estonia.</p> <p>The handover took place during a bilateral meeting between the Estonian and UK prime ministers, Taavi Rõivas and David Cameron, which discussed how the two governments can continue to work together to advance digital government.</p> <p>The D5, which was set up by the UK in 2014, brings together the world’s most digitally advanced nations to explore and share ways of providing better digital government services. The members of the group – the UK, Estonia, South Korea, New Zealand and Israel – all have a track record in digital government, including designing services around users’ needs and sharing open source solutions. Other governments are understood to have expressed an interest in joining the group.</p> <p>Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock said: “The D5 is a very special international collaboration. It shows how different nations can work hand in glove to solve shared problems and advance the common good. I’m thrilled to now pass the mantle on to Estonia, which is at the cutting-edge of digital government.”</p> <p>Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said: “Estonia is honoured to take over the chairmanship of the D5 and host the upcoming summit in Tallinn in November. We thank and commend the UK for initiating this valuable network for exchange of world-class digital government practices and stewarding its first year.”</p> <p>The inaugural D5 summit was held in London last year with this year’s summit being held in Tallinn on Novermber 19 and 20.</p> <p>A new project, UK Estonia TechLink, is expected to be announced at the summit. The project is designed to create and support public and private partnerships between the two countries in technology, innovation and science. It will focus on areas such as financial technology, cyber security, digital government, biotech, smart city development and education.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://central-government.governmentcomputing.com/news/uk-officially-hands-over-d5-presidency-to-estonia-4691877">Government Computing website</a></p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1204 Estonia and Dubai Sign e-Governance Deal http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1203 <div class="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong><a href="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CRxQ3f1UAAMJ7TW.jpg" data-rel="lightbox-0" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: #43c7ed; text-decoration: none; outline: none !important;"><img class="alignnone wp-image-24507" src="https://e-estonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CRxQ3f1UAAMJ7TW-300x200.jpg" alt="CRxQ3f1UAAMJ7TW" width="356" height="237" style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: none; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" /></a></strong></p> </div> <div class="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong>Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates, signed a memorandum of cooperation in e-governance and ICT in Dubai today.</strong></div> <div class="lead" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 20px; font-family: cgsymphonynormaal, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #555555; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> “Estonia and Dubai are the absolute top players when it comes to e-solutions,” Rõivas said, and expressed hope that the two countries can learn from each other’s experiences and also find opportunities for cooperation in the development of e-services. <p>Rõivas also met with Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.</p> <p>Rõivas and Al Maktoum stressed the need to strengthen political and economic relations between Estonia and the United Arab Emirates.</p> <p>“The ICT-related cooperation memorandum creates good opportunities for the exchange of experiences and knowledge at the level of governments, and also simplifies entering the market in Dubai for Estonian companies,” Rõivas said.</p> <p>The prime minister is accompanied by an Estonian business delegation, which also includes several leading IT companies.</p> <p><a href="http://news.err.ee/v/International/00f4b12b-8265-401f-8618-26af06ca3674/">ERR News</a></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.by/eng/frontpage/news/aid-1203