Estonia has made a proposal to create a single digital platform of the European Union for bringing together innovative solutions and the needs of partners in development cooperation to better handle the crisis.
A test version of the platform developed in collaboration with the Estonian ICT sector has been handed out to the European Commission and all member states which support the Estonian proposal to familiarize themselves with it, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said on Monday.
During an informal video meeting of development ministers of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his counterparts from other EU member states discussed coordinated support by the European Union to partner states in the fight against COVID-19 under the so-called Team Europe approach.
In combating COVID-19, Estonia considers coordinated support for partner states and foremost the creation of value-added as important. Within the framework of Team Europe, Estonia has adopted the objective of speeding up innovation and more extensively implementing digital solutions to ease the consequences of the pandemic.
Reinsalu said the portal upholds the values of Team Europe, as it increases the efficiency of cooperation among the member states.
"The solutions contained in the single portal support the mitigation of acute healthcare related problems and negative socio-economic consequences. We see in it a significant opportunity for supporting the Estonian private sector and expanding export possibilities," he said.
Estonia has contributed €1.6 million towards the coordinated joint approach of the member states.
???????? supports the joint coordinated #TeamEurope efforts in #developmentcooperation. We're taking the initiative to create a common digital platform that matches the needs of partner countries with solutions to effectively manage crises #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/IUMeCKG4Qp— Estonian MFA ???????? (@MFAestonia) June 8, 2020
Under development cooperation, Estonia has also supported coronavirus mitigation efforts in the field of health and education in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Afghanistan, Ghana and Kenya, and products by Estonian companies were also sent as humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
In the fight against COVID-19, Estonia has also supported the alleviation of crises in Libya, Syria and Venezuela through international humanitarian aid organizations, the People's Republic of China and Moldova, as well as responded to the UN's global call for humanitarian aid.
Editor: Helen Wright