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The Future of European Digital States - Building on Best Practices from Estonia

The Future of European Digital States - Building on Best Practices from Estonia

April 16, 2024 | ESMT Berlin
On April 16 the Estonian Embassy Berlin and the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin jointly hosted an event to foster the exchange of best practices and lessons learned between Estonia and Germany on developing digital ecosystems, with digital identities and other trust measures to propell digitalisation forward.

In light of the myriad of challenges facing European countries, including climate change, security threats, and labor shortages, the need for robust digital solutions has never been more apparent. Digitization not only offers greater efficiency, but also serves as a lynchpin for addressing these multifaceted issues, fostering resilience and innovation within states.

However, in the context of rapidly evolving digitization, trust and security are central to the digital ecosystems that form the foundation of modern societies. Estonia has been a pioneer in Europe in building a nationwide digital ecosystem based on trust frameworks based on electronic digital identities, ensuring user confidence and safeguarding critical data. Estonia's trusted digital ecosystem has spurred innovation and economic growth, helping to save 2-3% of GDP annually in transaction costs.

With Estonia's remarkable progress in digital governance, epitomized by its "Personal Government" vision with its whole-of-society approach to service delivery, and Germany's burgeoning initiatives such as registry modernization and the Online Services Act 2.0, this event serves as a nexus for cross-country collaboration. By leveraging Estonia's expertise and Germany's evolving strategies, we aim to chart a course towards a more digitally resilient Europe capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Our joint event titled "The Future of European Digital States: Building on Best Practices from Estonia" provided a platform to share best practices and experiences between Estonia and Germany in developing digital ecosystems with digital identities and other trust measures to drive digitization. It aimed to raise awareness among public and private sector decision makers about the efficiency gains associated with the adoption of digital identities and a personal public services ecosystem. Beyond awareness raising, the event served as a platform for collaborative dialogue, enabling Estonian and German stakeholders to engage in discussions and establish networks for knowledge sharing.

The event addressed the importance of tools such as trusted and secure digital identities as well as citizen-centric proactive public service delivery as cornerstones in fostering confidence among both end-users and organizations within digital ecosystems. The debate also provided a critical examination of key technological and regulatory requirements aimed at enhancing digital security and strengthening defenses against the evolving cyber threat landscape. It covered the practical challenges of implementing digital frameworks, as well as the regulatory landscape at the EU level, which expects all European countries to offer a technological solution for eIDs, eSignatures and (Qualified) Electronic Attestation of Attributes ((Q)EAA) within an EU Digital Identity Wallet (EUDI Wallet), as well as a market for trust services by 2030.

The keynote by Estonian President Alar Karis was followed by a panel of experts from academia, the private sector and government to address the pressing issues to drive national digital transformation.

🇪🇺  This event was funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU.

 

This event is funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU

Impressions

Estonian President Alar Karis at the Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
German State Secretary Stefan Schnorr at the Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
Panel discussion at the Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
Networking reception at the Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
The Future of European Digital States

Estonian President Alar Karis at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin

April 16, 2024

This event was funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU.
The Future of European Digital States

German State Secretary Stefan Schnorr at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin

April 16, 2024

This event was funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU.
The Future of European Digital States

Panel discussion on Building European Digital States at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin

April 16, 2024 | Panel discussion between Oliver Väärtnõu (Cybernetica), Andres Raieste (Nortal), Dr. Dirk Woywod (Verimi) and Lilly Schmidt (ESMT Berlin) moderated by Johannes Steger (Tagesspiegel Background Cybersecurity).

This event was funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU.
The Future of European Digital States

Networking reception at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin

April 16, 2024

This event was funded by the European Union Recovery and Resilience Facility, NextGenerationEU.

Agenda  | April 16, 2024, 15:00 - 19:00

 

ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

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15:00 – 16:00

Registration and Coffee

16:00 – 16:05

Opening remarks

Opening by the Estonian Ambassador to Germany Marika Linntam

16:05 – 16:20

European Digital States: Estonia
Keynote by the Estonian President Alar Karis on the digital strategy of Estonia

16:20 – 16:35

 

Digitalization in Germany
Keynote by Stefan Schnorr, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport on the future of the digital state

16:35 - 16:50

Status Quo of Digitalization in Germany
Keynote by Dr. Markus Richter, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior on the state of Germany's digitalization

16:50 – 17:50

Panel: Building European Digital States
A moderated panel discussion between Estonian business representatives, high-level German and Estonian government representatives

Speakers:

  • Lilly Schmidt, Program Lead Showcase Project Secure Digital Identities, Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
  • Oliver Väärtnõu, CEO, Cybernetica
  • Andres Raieste, Senior Vice President of the Public Sector, Nortal
  • Dr. Dirk Woywod, CTO, Verimi

Moderator: Johannes Steger, Managing Editor, Tagesspiegel Background Cybersecurity

17:50 – 19:00

Networking reception with drinks and buffet

Speakers & Panelists

President Alar Karis

President of the Republic of Estonia

Keynote speaker

Ambassador Marika Linntam

Estonian Ambassador to Germany

Co-Host

Stefan Schnorr

State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport

Keynote speaker

Ambassador Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar (Ret.)

Director, Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin

Co-Host

Dr. Markus Richter

State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of the Interior

Keynote speaker

Lilly Schmidt

Program Lead Showcase Project Secure Digital Identities, Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin

Panelist

Oliver Väärtnõu

CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Cybernetica

Panelist

Andres Raieste

Senior Vice President of the Public Sector, Nortal

Panelist

Dr. Dirk Woywod

CTO, Verimi

Panelist

Johannes Steger

Managing Editor, Tagesspiegel Background Cybersecurity

Moderator

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