Gilles de Kerchove,
EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
14 Nov | 11.30 - 12.30
Director-General, DG HOME, EC
14 Nov | 09.20 - 10.00 | Opening
Deputy Director-General, DG RTD, EC
14 Nov | 11:30 - 12:30
Deputy Director-General, DG REGIO, EC
14 Nov | 10:00 - 11:00
Chief Digital Strategy Officer, French Gendarmerie Nationale
14 Nov | 10:00 - 11:00
Estonia has by far the most highly-developed national ID card system in the world. Much more than a legal photo ID, the mandatory national card also provides digital access to all of Estonia’s secure e-services.Read more
X-Road is the backbone of e-Estonia. Invisible yet crucial, it allows the nation’s various public and private sector e-Service databases to link up and function in harmony.Read more
The GoSwift border service removes long lines at borders, by queuing vehicles electronically and thereby saving money and reducing the border crossing time.Read more
The Information System for Government Sessions, better known as e-Cabinet, is a powerful tool that the Estonian government uses to streamline its decision-making process.Read more
Estonia is pretty concerned with keeping their roads safe. While Estonians drink, just like anywhere else in the world they won’t allow you to drive with any alcohol in your system. However, due to Estonia spending a lot of time in darkness, the authorities are often worried about pedestrians getting hit by vehicles. To avoid this, it is actually the law in Estonia that—whether you are biking or just walking—you must have safety reflectors attached, to make sure that people can see you.
Estonia is known for being one of the most linked-up countries, when it comes to Internet connections. Most of the population has access to the Internet at home, and if not, they probably use it at school. Estonians are usually ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, and part of that is due to their enterprising spirit. Estonians believe that creating a better relationship with technology at a younger age will help people interact with it better.
While many countries are still debating the concept of online voting due to security concerns, Estonia has already been at it since 2005. The Estonian government issues all citizens unique pins and logins for online government services, so they already have a secure infrastructure in place. Clearly, Estonians are early adopters of this technology, and—despite its flaws—it will likely be the way of the future.