Government allocates additional €26 million to public e-service development
The government at a sitting on Thursday supported proposals by Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem to support the development of public e-services with €26.4 million.
The funds will be allocated from the last major financing round of the EU structural funds' financing period ending in 2020, spokespeople for the government said.
"New projects enable to make several public e-services more user-friendly as well as update them technologically and bring the entire digital state to a new level in various fields and services," Siem (EKRE) said.
The minister gave several examples of services which could be developed such as the communicable diseases information system, the health information system and data management, first stages in updates to the Population Register and the pension services platform, development of the Weapons Register and the state portal and updates to the Riigi Teataja gazette.
Siem said investments in the e-state are also beneficial for Estonia's private IT sector.
"The coronavirus crisis will continue to affect the Estonian economy for some time. Increasing national investments in e-services will give our IT companies an opportunity to increase their work volume and provide people with employment," he said.
The e-services to be developed were selected by an expert committee on the basis of the ministry's proposals. The proposals have been drawn up in the form of a roadmap and show which projects can apply for financing within the coming year. €10.4 million worth of projects could be launched straightaway.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has financed the development of public e-services and their information systems with a total of 124 million euros from the EU structural funds from 2014-2020.
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Editor: Helen Wright