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Estonia and the UK sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in E-services

Jaan Priisalu, the director general of the Estonian Information System's Authority and Liam Maxwell, the UK deputy government CIO, today signed a memorandum of understanding for the two countries to exchange experiences in creating user-friendly governmental e-services.

The cooperation will promote contacts between experts, the exchange of knowledge on public information systems and the development of digital public services.

"I am glad that our good cooperation and intentions with the UK are now officially signed. The UK is thoroughly concentrating on the development of their digital services. Estonia has a unique opportunity to learn from UK experiences merging public administration and the IT of a large country. Estonia is also interested in cooperating inmatters of IT-security," said Jaan Priisalu.

Liam Maxwell, UK Government Chief Technology Officer, added: “As the first fruits of this new agreement, we are also announcing today the launch of three initiatives to consider open standards, identity verification and open data. These will be initially set up bilaterally between the UK and Estonia, but we welcome participation from other countries in future.”

Priisalu and Maxwell signed the agreement during the Nordic Futures Forum in Riga, a meeting of prime ministers of the UK and Nordic-Baltic countries. This meeting focused on the green economy and information society, in particular the premises of and opportunities for creating cross border e-services. At the Forum, the Estonian Information System's Authority  shared the Estonian vision for cross border e-services and described technological solutions in Estonia to achieve secure and efficient data exchange.

UK-Estonian cooperation in e-government was kickstarted during the visit to Tallinn of Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office last spring. As of July, the head of Estonian state portal eesti.ee is contributing to a working group in the Cabinet Office. The UK has recently also decided to join the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn.

The memorandum of understanding (.pdf, 341 KB)

Topic: RIA

Added 28.02.2013

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