training report: E-STONIA, global ideas, local services

In the framemork of the Erasmus + project, ESPRIT, Leader France and Estonian, Hungarian, Spanish and Romanian partners met in Estonia at the end of February 2020 for a training session on services in rural areas.

The training aimed to show and explain how digital tools can develop access to services for people in rural areas. During these 3 days of meeting, the participants also discovered more “traditional” or “unconnected” projects which also offer important services for the population.

Partners of ESPRIT :

  • REDR (Spain)
  • Estonian Leader Union (Estonia)
  • Leader France (France)
  • GAL Tecuci (Romania)
  • Hungarian National Rural Network (Hongury)

Estonia, the most connected country in the world.

Estonia is considered one of the most digitally developed countries in the world: almost all public services are available online. Voting in local or national elections from your computer, receiving digital prescriptions on your smartphone, starting a business from home, on the internet.  In Estonia, these innovations are part of the normal daily life of citizens. According to the Estonian government, 99% of public services are accessible online. The only administrative acts that require “travel” are weddings, divorces, and real estate transactions.

Since 2002, Estonians over fifteen have been given a digital identity card which allows them to carry out a very wide range of online procedures. In the same spirit, this small Baltic country of 1.3 million inhabitants, decided to create at the end of 2014 an “e-resident” status allowing foreigners to easily set up a business there, or to open a bank account. For Estonia, it’s a way to strengthen its attractiveness and stay at the cutting edge of digital.

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