Speeches president http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches 2017-11-23T17:04:36Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Keynote speech at the European Defence Agency Annual Conference "Security in the digital age: the added value of European cooperation" 2017-11-23T12:34:40Z 2017-11-23T12:34:40Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13766-keynote-speech-at-the-european-defence-agency-annual-conference-qsecurity-in-the-digital-age-the-added-value-of-european-cooperationq- Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Dear Mister Domecq, ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>I know that I am the last firewall between you and lunchtime, therefore let me get down to business right away. There are three issues that I deem important and want to share with you – the importance of cyber hygiene for all our citizens, the importance of really understanding cyber security for all the decision-makers, and the role that the European Defence Agency could have in all of this.</p> <p>There is probably no need to stress to anybody in this room the importance of cyber security. But I am not equally sure that this sense of importance and urgency is shared by most people outside this conference venue. Very important to move form cyber defence to cyberhygiene, technology will not help us against human factor.</p> <p>Take, for example, the case of the e-mail hack of the US Democratic National Convention of 2016. Whatever we might think of who was behind this operation or how much influence this incident had on the US presidential election results, the fact seems to be, that it was largely made possible by hacking the accounts of Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. It was not an elaborate technical operation, but rather a very simple phishing operation. Meaning that somebody posed as Google Mail and fooled both Mister Podesta and his IT-support people to giving his passwords. This, combined with not having a two-factor authentication, caused one of the most talked-about e-mail hacks of the last years. And shows – among other things – how little people adhere to basic cyber hygiene and what the consequences might be.</p> <p>Of course we should never blame the victim, it's just the overall amount or cycle of a problem. And it will continue to be a problem as long as people use "password", "12345" or "qwerty" continue to be most popular passwords. And I am also quite sure that there is at least a couple of people in this room who might actually share the same kind of passwords.</p> <p>Therefore – along all the fancy initiatives, cyber defence programs and new institutions that we create, we must not forget that the human factor and basic cyber hygiene continue to be things that will cause security breaches and incidents also in the future.</p> <p>Dear Mister Domecq, ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>I know that I am the last firewall between you and lunchtime, therefore let me get down to business right away. There are three issues that I deem important and want to share with you – the importance of cyber hygiene for all our citizens, the importance of really understanding cyber security for all the decision-makers, and the role that the European Defence Agency could have in all of this.</p> <p>There is probably no need to stress to anybody in this room the importance of cyber security. But I am not equally sure that this sense of importance and urgency is shared by most people outside this conference venue. Very important to move form cyber defence to cyberhygiene, technology will not help us against human factor.</p> <p>Take, for example, the case of the e-mail hack of the US Democratic National Convention of 2016. Whatever we might think of who was behind this operation or how much influence this incident had on the US presidential election results, the fact seems to be, that it was largely made possible by hacking the accounts of Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. It was not an elaborate technical operation, but rather a very simple phishing operation. Meaning that somebody posed as Google Mail and fooled both Mister Podesta and his IT-support people to giving his passwords. This, combined with not having a two-factor authentication, caused one of the most talked-about e-mail hacks of the last years. And shows – among other things – how little people adhere to basic cyber hygiene and what the consequences might be.</p> <p>Of course we should never blame the victim, it's just the overall amount or cycle of a problem. And it will continue to be a problem as long as people use "password", "12345" or "qwerty" continue to be most popular passwords. And I am also quite sure that there is at least a couple of people in this room who might actually share the same kind of passwords.</p> <p>Therefore – along all the fancy initiatives, cyber defence programs and new institutions that we create, we must not forget that the human factor and basic cyber hygiene continue to be things that will cause security breaches and incidents also in the future.</p> President of the Republic At the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights titled "Women’s rights in turbulent times" 2017-11-22T22:44:42Z 2017-11-22T22:44:42Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13763-president-of-the-republic-at-the-annual-colloquium-on-fundamental-rights-titled-qwomens-rights-in-turbulent-timesq Katrin Sirel Katrin.Sirel@vpk.ee <p>Distinguished guests, commissioners, dear participants,</p> <p>It is a pleasure to be here with you today, at this beautiful venue.</p> <p>I do not know how many of you know, but historically Estonia, the current Presidency of the Council country, is a Nordic peasant country and like in all Nordic countries that meant that all adults had to work hard in order to sustain their living. Including women. In Estonian language, the grammatical gender is missing. Linguistically, Estonian men and women are equal by nature. Also, it was on the belt of Estonian women where the warehouse keys hung, not the men's in the old times.</p> <p>This was already well organized, but for some reason it begun to change by the 18th century. We, as all other women in the world somehow lost our capacity to lead our communities and our societies. Up to the end of the 18th century, in Estonia men preferred women who had had children before they got married. That showed they were powerful, they were beautiful, they were interesting. Then it changed. I would not point any fingers, but we arrived at the point, where we had to don our feminist hat. The feminist hat has come in very different formats. Sometimes we have had to wear a bright pink one with ears on it etc. We all know these occasions.</p> <p>Our history also includes 50 years of occupation by the Soviet Union. Of course, in the Soviet Union women all worked. But they kept poorly paid, well-educated positions. Most of the doctors, all teachers, all bookkeepers, all nurses were women in Estonia and in many other occupied territories or Soviet Republics during the Soviet time. According to the communist ideology, physical work was more worth than educated one. The educational gap: educated women versus uneducated men, took its beginning under Soviet rule. And with it came, of course, the pay gap, because of course you pay less for the women in their jobs. Both problems – difficulties to educate boys to tertiary level and the pay gap – persist. I believe both deserve our attention because a lack of education part of the population definitely poses a big problem for respecting women's rights and accepting that women are equals. If you do not have an education, you may come from an inferiority viewpoint and then it might be difficult to see that we all need to be equal. Even if you are physically stronger.</p> <p>Distinguished guests, commissioners, dear participants,</p> <p>It is a pleasure to be here with you today, at this beautiful venue.</p> <p>I do not know how many of you know, but historically Estonia, the current Presidency of the Council country, is a Nordic peasant country and like in all Nordic countries that meant that all adults had to work hard in order to sustain their living. Including women. In Estonian language, the grammatical gender is missing. Linguistically, Estonian men and women are equal by nature. Also, it was on the belt of Estonian women where the warehouse keys hung, not the men's in the old times.</p> <p>This was already well organized, but for some reason it begun to change by the 18th century. We, as all other women in the world somehow lost our capacity to lead our communities and our societies. Up to the end of the 18th century, in Estonia men preferred women who had had children before they got married. That showed they were powerful, they were beautiful, they were interesting. Then it changed. I would not point any fingers, but we arrived at the point, where we had to don our feminist hat. The feminist hat has come in very different formats. Sometimes we have had to wear a bright pink one with ears on it etc. We all know these occasions.</p> <p>Our history also includes 50 years of occupation by the Soviet Union. Of course, in the Soviet Union women all worked. But they kept poorly paid, well-educated positions. Most of the doctors, all teachers, all bookkeepers, all nurses were women in Estonia and in many other occupied territories or Soviet Republics during the Soviet time. According to the communist ideology, physical work was more worth than educated one. The educational gap: educated women versus uneducated men, took its beginning under Soviet rule. And with it came, of course, the pay gap, because of course you pay less for the women in their jobs. Both problems – difficulties to educate boys to tertiary level and the pay gap – persist. I believe both deserve our attention because a lack of education part of the population definitely poses a big problem for respecting women's rights and accepting that women are equals. If you do not have an education, you may come from an inferiority viewpoint and then it might be difficult to see that we all need to be equal. Even if you are physically stronger.</p> At the Digital Transport Days 2017 2017-11-09T22:00:00Z 2017-11-09T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13744-at-the-digital-transport-days-2017- Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Dear distinguished guests and participants of this conference.</p> <p>I really would like to offer you a belated welcome to Tallinn at the Digital Transport Days. I want to thank the organizers from the European Commission and organizers from the Estonian Presidency team for making this important event happen. As you know, the digital agenda is very close to our hearts in Estonia. Therefore I am extremely glad to welcome you all here.</p> <p>In Estonia, we have already gone through a societal disruption to make sure our citizens and our businesses have a totally digital environment to deal with both the State and with their private partners. I hope you understand that we will also be at the forefront of digital transport solutions. It cannot be otherwise. Digital transport will definitely be a part of digital society, and it is of course easier to have a transport partner already in digital society than creating everything at one step, so I think we are one step ahead and challenge more to catch up.</p> <p>The movement and connectivity of people is the core of today's society. It is clear that the future transport systems need to meet society's economic, social and environmental needs, while minimising their undesirable impacts, mainly related to pollution and accidents.</p> <p>During Commissioner Violeta Bulc's last visit to Tallinn, she brought to our attention a sad fact that every day in Europe, we lose 70 people in traffic incidents and 350 more are seriously injured. In transport, we create 24% of the pollution. An average person spends a horrible 6 weeks every year in traffic. Part of it is unavoidable, but can be made shorter and smoother by clever congestion management. Part of it is totally unnecessary already by Estonian standard, like driving some place to register the birth of your child, signing a document, applying for kindergarten place. The first, like the latter, will ultimately depend on online solutions.</p> <p>Therefore, I welcome all discussions that highlight the importance of the future technology and innovation in transport.</p> <p>Dear distinguished guests and participants of this conference.</p> <p>I really would like to offer you a belated welcome to Tallinn at the Digital Transport Days. I want to thank the organizers from the European Commission and organizers from the Estonian Presidency team for making this important event happen. As you know, the digital agenda is very close to our hearts in Estonia. Therefore I am extremely glad to welcome you all here.</p> <p>In Estonia, we have already gone through a societal disruption to make sure our citizens and our businesses have a totally digital environment to deal with both the State and with their private partners. I hope you understand that we will also be at the forefront of digital transport solutions. It cannot be otherwise. Digital transport will definitely be a part of digital society, and it is of course easier to have a transport partner already in digital society than creating everything at one step, so I think we are one step ahead and challenge more to catch up.</p> <p>The movement and connectivity of people is the core of today's society. It is clear that the future transport systems need to meet society's economic, social and environmental needs, while minimising their undesirable impacts, mainly related to pollution and accidents.</p> <p>During Commissioner Violeta Bulc's last visit to Tallinn, she brought to our attention a sad fact that every day in Europe, we lose 70 people in traffic incidents and 350 more are seriously injured. In transport, we create 24% of the pollution. An average person spends a horrible 6 weeks every year in traffic. Part of it is unavoidable, but can be made shorter and smoother by clever congestion management. Part of it is totally unnecessary already by Estonian standard, like driving some place to register the birth of your child, signing a document, applying for kindergarten place. The first, like the latter, will ultimately depend on online solutions.</p> <p>Therefore, I welcome all discussions that highlight the importance of the future technology and innovation in transport.</p> Public lecture at the Akaki Tsereteli University, Kutaisi 2017-11-02T11:44:19Z 2017-11-02T11:44:19Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13695-president-of-the-republic-public-lecture-at-the-akaki-tsereteli-university-kutaisi Mailin Aasmäe mailin.aasmae@vpk.ee <p>Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>To start with, I would like to convey my appreciation for the possibility to speak to this audience today, at the last day of my State Visit to Georgia. I firmly believe that in addition to the official meetings, tête-à-tête talks, press points and interviews, it is equally important to reach out to the wider public as well. It is an honour to be in the Akaki Tseretli University in Kutaisi.</p> <p>In the former capital city of United Georgia. In the city that holds a distinguished place in Georgia with is cultural, educational and business traditions.</p> <p>Kutaisi and Estonia are geographically far from each other but we are closer than many would imagine. Your hometown has good relations with our university town Tartu. I was for 5 years Chairman of the Board for Tartu University, that's why I know - Estonia and Tartu were very much valued in Georgia almost 200 years ago.</p> <p>Prince and poet Grigol Orbeliani suggested in 1830s to his nephew, the great Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili to study in the University of Tartu that was well known for its free spirit and good education.</p> <p>This free spirit was back then seen as something contemporary and forward-looking. Tartu was well known for it then and Estonia today. So the link is there. It is spiritual and future orientated.</p> <p>I am pleased that the audience in front of me is comprised mostly of young people as the future of your country is in your hands. Majority of you have been born after Georgia regained its independence. You have grown up in a society that has had tough and turbulent times. Nevertheless, you are lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to grow up and to be educated in a free country and democratic society.</p> <p>Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>To start with, I would like to convey my appreciation for the possibility to speak to this audience today, at the last day of my State Visit to Georgia. I firmly believe that in addition to the official meetings, tête-à-tête talks, press points and interviews, it is equally important to reach out to the wider public as well. It is an honour to be in the Akaki Tseretli University in Kutaisi.</p> <p>In the former capital city of United Georgia. In the city that holds a distinguished place in Georgia with is cultural, educational and business traditions.</p> <p>Kutaisi and Estonia are geographically far from each other but we are closer than many would imagine. Your hometown has good relations with our university town Tartu. I was for 5 years Chairman of the Board for Tartu University, that's why I know - Estonia and Tartu were very much valued in Georgia almost 200 years ago.</p> <p>Prince and poet Grigol Orbeliani suggested in 1830s to his nephew, the great Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili to study in the University of Tartu that was well known for its free spirit and good education.</p> <p>This free spirit was back then seen as something contemporary and forward-looking. Tartu was well known for it then and Estonia today. So the link is there. It is spiritual and future orientated.</p> <p>I am pleased that the audience in front of me is comprised mostly of young people as the future of your country is in your hands. Majority of you have been born after Georgia regained its independence. You have grown up in a society that has had tough and turbulent times. Nevertheless, you are lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to grow up and to be educated in a free country and democratic society.</p> President Kaljulaid at the dinner in the honour of the state visit to Georgia 2017-10-31T18:31:38Z 2017-10-31T18:31:38Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13692-president-kaljulaid-at-the-dinner-in-the-honour-of-the-state-visit-to-georgia Eve Salumaa eve.salumaa@vpk.ee <p>Respected President Giorgi Margvelashvili,</p> <p>Honourable Mrs Maka Chichua,</p> <p>Excellences, ladies and gentlemen!</p> <p></p> <p>A state visit is the most formal form of relations between two countries and is used to validate our close relations. It is quite remarkable that this visit is taking place now, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Estonia. This represents a quarter of a century of uninterrupted friendship and co-operation.</p> <p>Respected President Giorgi Margvelashvili,</p> <p>Honourable Mrs Maka Chichua,</p> <p>Excellences, ladies and gentlemen!</p> <p></p> <p>A state visit is the most formal form of relations between two countries and is used to validate our close relations. It is quite remarkable that this visit is taking place now, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Estonia. This represents a quarter of a century of uninterrupted friendship and co-operation.</p> President of the Republic at the 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum 2017-10-26T06:38:22Z 2017-10-26T06:38:22Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13679-president-of-the-republic-at-the-4th-eastern-partnership-business-forum Kaidi Aher kaidi.aher@vpk.ee <p>We a so proud to have you here on the first winterday!</p> <p>The Eastern Partnership is an extremely important instrument in relations between the European Union and the partner countries.</p> <p>All the Baltic states, formerly occupied by Soviet Union, have kept our Eastern partners close to our hearts and always in our minds. We have not and will not let the fate of Eastern Partnership countries fall off the European Union table.</p> <p>We feel responsible. Vilnius and Riga organised Eastern Partnership Summits, Tallinn has decided to hold one in Brussels. It is symbolic – Eastern Partnership is an European Union issue, not an issue for Eastern Europe. It is a central element of European Union neighbourhood policy.</p> <p>Yes, we feel responsible. Responsible not to shut the door of the bus and drive off to the better future. Responsible to keep the discussion about unifying Europe alive. Responsible for seeking alternatives if enlargement is not an option.</p> <p>But – there are several issues for which we cannot take responsibility. Eastern Partnership countries themselves and only themselves are responsible for the development of their societies. Responsible for the rule of law in their countries. Responsible for the economic environment in their countries, including level playing feel for home and foreign capital, lack of corruption, comprehensible and stable tax regimes. Responsible for developing democratic values.</p> <p>We a so proud to have you here on the first winterday!</p> <p>The Eastern Partnership is an extremely important instrument in relations between the European Union and the partner countries.</p> <p>All the Baltic states, formerly occupied by Soviet Union, have kept our Eastern partners close to our hearts and always in our minds. We have not and will not let the fate of Eastern Partnership countries fall off the European Union table.</p> <p>We feel responsible. Vilnius and Riga organised Eastern Partnership Summits, Tallinn has decided to hold one in Brussels. It is symbolic – Eastern Partnership is an European Union issue, not an issue for Eastern Europe. It is a central element of European Union neighbourhood policy.</p> <p>Yes, we feel responsible. Responsible not to shut the door of the bus and drive off to the better future. Responsible to keep the discussion about unifying Europe alive. Responsible for seeking alternatives if enlargement is not an option.</p> <p>But – there are several issues for which we cannot take responsibility. Eastern Partnership countries themselves and only themselves are responsible for the development of their societies. Responsible for the rule of law in their countries. Responsible for the economic environment in their countries, including level playing feel for home and foreign capital, lack of corruption, comprehensible and stable tax regimes. Responsible for developing democratic values.</p> President of the Republic at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference 2017-10-25T07:23:05Z 2017-10-25T07:23:05Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13674-president-of-the-republic-at-the-eastern-partnership-civil-society-conference Kaidi Aher kaidi.aher@vpk.ee <p>Dear representatives of civil society, dear government reps who care about the co-operation between civil society and government.</p> <p>You are all welcome to Tallinn, to Estonia, where we hope to make our society seamless, with public, non-governmental and social entrepreneurial sector working together to the benefit of our people.</p> <p>We have recognised here that even if looking from behind the iron curtain or looking with freshman eyes on developed western societies, the system of citizens simply paying taxes and governments taking all the responsibility for all the processes, all the people and all the communities – it looks attractive. But in real life, in mid-term, not to even mention long-term, this is not sustainable.</p> <p>Sustainable is co-operation. Working together, binding the actors of civil society together with the government actors. It serves our people better – civil society will not make an effort unless there is a real need in the society so it is a perfect signal for the government to act if civil society is interested. Civil society will not continue providing the same service for 30 years, if it is not any more necessary. Civil society reacts in a timely manner, and to the exact problems we are encountering.</p> <p>Thus, supporting civil society by governmental actors simply serves our people best. It helps to provide services just on time and just the right type of services. And by services I mean very wide spectrum of actions which civil society is willing to undertake. <p>Dear representatives of civil society, dear government reps who care about the co-operation between civil society and government.</p> <p>You are all welcome to Tallinn, to Estonia, where we hope to make our society seamless, with public, non-governmental and social entrepreneurial sector working together to the benefit of our people.</p> <p>We have recognised here that even if looking from behind the iron curtain or looking with freshman eyes on developed western societies, the system of citizens simply paying taxes and governments taking all the responsibility for all the processes, all the people and all the communities – it looks attractive. But in real life, in mid-term, not to even mention long-term, this is not sustainable.</p> <p>Sustainable is co-operation. Working together, binding the actors of civil society together with the government actors. It serves our people better – civil society will not make an effort unless there is a real need in the society so it is a perfect signal for the government to act if civil society is interested. Civil society will not continue providing the same service for 30 years, if it is not any more necessary. Civil society reacts in a timely manner, and to the exact problems we are encountering.</p> <p>Thus, supporting civil society by governmental actors simply serves our people best. It helps to provide services just on time and just the right type of services. And by services I mean very wide spectrum of actions which civil society is willing to undertake. President Kaljulaid at the Manufuture 2017 Conference in Tallinn 2017-10-24T09:13:00Z 2017-10-24T09:13:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13731-president-kaljulaid-at-the-manufuture-2017-conference-in-tallinn Kaidi Aher kaidi.aher@vpk.ee <p>What other see as efficiency gains, the others may see as job losses, so obviously there are many elements, which we need to consider when we are talking about „moving up the value chain".</p> <p>Your conference has a history since 2003. The first Manufuture conference took place in 2003 in Milan. This event became a good tradition of gathering every second autumn in a country holding the presidency of the EU and discussing European manufacturing of the future with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and politicians.</p> <p>As you saw from the introduction, you are in a country, which is a starry-eyed fearlessly future-looking first-time EU Council presidency. It is indeed the first time for Estonia to be in this spot and we are really enjoying this position, trying to irritate people with the discussion about the future. It is so close to us but sometimes we still fail to recognize how close it already is.</p> <p>In Tallinn, you are discussing the 4.0 industrial revolution and how to make European nations more productive and competitive in our digital age. As President of Estonia, I proudly represent a digital society, which actually has a supportive state behind it. Yes, we here have already gone through a societal disruption to make sure that our citizens and businesses have a completely digital environment with the state and private partners. This means that when enterprises try to move up the value chain by going digital they only need to join the dots, since outside of their own production chain the environment is already completely digital.</p> <p>When you are talking to the Estonian state, you never do it on paper. When you are signing documents with your partners or contractors in this country, paper does not come into play. You do not necessarily have to go somewhere. Obviously, we still have business lunches with our partners and friends but still, you do not need to move. The environment surrounding you and your developments is digital.</p> <p>For seventeen years, Estonians have been using digital signatures to sign contracts and apply for public services, pay taxes and make requests to our government. What does this mean? That means that by having a digital signature they are protected in the internet, as they are able to identify each other safely. While using technology you all know that safety is all-important. Our government provides our people this safety in cybersphere because we have a passport function, which operates in cybersphere.</p> <p>For some reason it has taken most other governments too long to recognize that safe identification, a passport, is also necessary in the digital era in the internet to allow people to communicate and transact safely.</p> <p>What other see as efficiency gains, the others may see as job losses, so obviously there are many elements, which we need to consider when we are talking about „moving up the value chain".</p> <p>Your conference has a history since 2003. The first Manufuture conference took place in 2003 in Milan. This event became a good tradition of gathering every second autumn in a country holding the presidency of the EU and discussing European manufacturing of the future with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and politicians.</p> <p>As you saw from the introduction, you are in a country, which is a starry-eyed fearlessly future-looking first-time EU Council presidency. It is indeed the first time for Estonia to be in this spot and we are really enjoying this position, trying to irritate people with the discussion about the future. It is so close to us but sometimes we still fail to recognize how close it already is.</p> <p>In Tallinn, you are discussing the 4.0 industrial revolution and how to make European nations more productive and competitive in our digital age. As President of Estonia, I proudly represent a digital society, which actually has a supportive state behind it. Yes, we here have already gone through a societal disruption to make sure that our citizens and businesses have a completely digital environment with the state and private partners. This means that when enterprises try to move up the value chain by going digital they only need to join the dots, since outside of their own production chain the environment is already completely digital.</p> <p>When you are talking to the Estonian state, you never do it on paper. When you are signing documents with your partners or contractors in this country, paper does not come into play. You do not necessarily have to go somewhere. Obviously, we still have business lunches with our partners and friends but still, you do not need to move. The environment surrounding you and your developments is digital.</p> <p>For seventeen years, Estonians have been using digital signatures to sign contracts and apply for public services, pay taxes and make requests to our government. What does this mean? That means that by having a digital signature they are protected in the internet, as they are able to identify each other safely. While using technology you all know that safety is all-important. Our government provides our people this safety in cybersphere because we have a passport function, which operates in cybersphere.</p> <p>For some reason it has taken most other governments too long to recognize that safe identification, a passport, is also necessary in the digital era in the internet to allow people to communicate and transact safely.</p> President of the Republic at the Futureforum Espoo 2017-10-19T14:52:17Z 2017-10-19T14:52:17Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13666-president-of-the-republic-at-the-futureforum-espoo Kaidi Aher kaidi.aher@vpk.ee <p>Dear ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>We have gone through a societal disruption to make sure our citizens and businesses have a digital environment both in their dealings with the state and with their private partners. By the way, at no point during this process has Estonia created any cutting-edge technology. Tech-wise, all we use in our digital society is well tried and tested globally by other actors, mostly private. Which makes it cheaper and more reliable. Part of it is even open sources, namely our e-voting system, so all and sundry can try to hack it if they can – but they have not managed in the past 7 or almost 8 years' time.</p> <p>The disruptive innovation of Estonians is thus not at all technology,</p> <p>the innovation lies elsewhere – in the process of bringing businesses and government together to help all people, young and old, so that they could benefit from the digital service options. It is now 17 years - almost a generation- that Estonians have a digital ID and can use this to sign and time stamp their documents, including private contracts. They can also apply for different public services, pay fines and taxes online, query registries, change their service packages and simply send encrypted e-mails.</p> <p>It took some special effort to get all people in all generations to use it,</p> <p>but through patient coaching plans (which we called Tiger leap) this was achieved also for older generation. They soon realised the advantages of taking to the PC instead of taking the bus in order to communicate with, say, their pension's office. Even if the computer was not at first on everyone's desk, more often in village library or at school, it was still remarkably closer than any office. As you know, Estonia has a big territory with a small population. So offices are a few between. <p>Dear ladies and gentlemen,</p> <p>We have gone through a societal disruption to make sure our citizens and businesses have a digital environment both in their dealings with the state and with their private partners. By the way, at no point during this process has Estonia created any cutting-edge technology. Tech-wise, all we use in our digital society is well tried and tested globally by other actors, mostly private. Which makes it cheaper and more reliable. Part of it is even open sources, namely our e-voting system, so all and sundry can try to hack it if they can – but they have not managed in the past 7 or almost 8 years' time.</p> <p>The disruptive innovation of Estonians is thus not at all technology,</p> <p>the innovation lies elsewhere – in the process of bringing businesses and government together to help all people, young and old, so that they could benefit from the digital service options. It is now 17 years - almost a generation- that Estonians have a digital ID and can use this to sign and time stamp their documents, including private contracts. They can also apply for different public services, pay fines and taxes online, query registries, change their service packages and simply send encrypted e-mails.</p> <p>It took some special effort to get all people in all generations to use it,</p> <p>but through patient coaching plans (which we called Tiger leap) this was achieved also for older generation. They soon realised the advantages of taking to the PC instead of taking the bus in order to communicate with, say, their pension's office. Even if the computer was not at first on everyone's desk, more often in village library or at school, it was still remarkably closer than any office. As you know, Estonia has a big territory with a small population. So offices are a few between. Closing keynote by the President of the Republic at “Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health.” 2017-10-17T22:00:00Z 2017-10-17T22:00:00Z http://admin2.president.ee/index.php/en/official-duties/speeches/13659-closing-keynote-by-the-president-of-the-republic-at-health-in-the-digital-society-digital-society-for-health Liis Lepik Liis.Lepik@vpk.ee <p>Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished participants of the concluding session of eHealth conference!</p> <p>First, I sincerely congratulate you for these three days of wise discussions, inspiring exhibition and fruitful meetings about health in the digital society. It is of utmost importance to understand what digital society can offer to improve well-being of people in Europe and beyond.</p> <p>Indeed, one may ask, what will change now, after this conference in the life of a 60-year-old lady in Tartu, Southern Estonia or somebody else, let's say, man in Rouen, France? Perhaps what they both expect from life is to enjoy it happily and healthily. As WHO has phrased it in the Preamble to its Constitution 71 years ago – people do expect a physical, mental and social well-being. It is no different in digital society. Human dignity comes before digital.</p> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished participants of the concluding session of eHealth conference!</p> <p>First, I sincerely congratulate you for these three days of wise discussions, inspiring exhibition and fruitful meetings about health in the digital society. It is of utmost importance to understand what digital society can offer to improve well-being of people in Europe and beyond.</p> <p>Indeed, one may ask, what will change now, after this conference in the life of a 60-year-old lady in Tartu, Southern Estonia or somebody else, let's say, man in Rouen, France? Perhaps what they both expect from life is to enjoy it happily and healthily. As WHO has phrased it in the Preamble to its Constitution 71 years ago – people do expect a physical, mental and social well-being. It is no different in digital society. Human dignity comes before digital.</p>