Estonian Digital Europe presidency event focuses on innovation in public services
The current Estonian EU Council Presidency organised a "Digital Europe" event which took place in Tallinn on Friday, 1 September 2017. Its aim was to share best practices in public innovation and digital solutations that are transforming public services. Estonia is known for being a highly advanced digital society.
Speaking at the event, Taavi Aas, Acting Mayor of Tallinn, said: "Tallinn's digital success story has been recognised outside Estonia's borders. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has chosen Tallinn five times among the seven most innovative communities in the world, and I have the great pleasure to announce that a few days ago we were informed that Tallinn has been chosen among the top 10 finalists of the European Innovation Capital 2017 award."
The recently elected President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Karl-Heinz Lambertz stressed that while completing the Single Digital Market is crucial to creating jobs and growth in Europe, this must not be at the expense of social rights, social protection and consumer rights. He also said that more must be done against the growing disparities between EU regions in this field. The Estonian EU Presidency has asked the CoR to draft its an Opinion on the " Local and regional perspective on promoting public sector innovation via digital solutions " which will be adopted later this year.
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