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Employees of foreign embassies to be issued digital IDs

E-residents of Estonia are issued digital IDs.
E-residents of Estonia are issued digital IDs. Source: Ministry of the Interior

Employees of foreign embassies in Estonia will be issued digital diplomatic identity cards that will give them access to Estonian e-services.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday acquainted heads of the representations of foreign countries and international organizations with a new diplomatic ID which will provide employees with a digital identity giving them access to Estonian e-services, spokespeople for the ministry said.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser, the new digital diplomatic ID will be introduced with the aim of taking one step closer to paperless, simpler and more practical interaction between the Estonian state and diplomatic missions located in the country.

"It's unique in the EU and hopefully will encourage other countries to make more rapid progress in e-Europe development," said the minister.

Diplomatic IDs are proof of the holder's accreditation to and right of residence in Estonia; they show the scope of the user's diplomatic immunity and privileges.

Digital diplomatic IDs will enable both the physical and electronic identification of an individual as well as provide access to Estonian e-services. Users will receive an Estonian personal identification number that will make it easier for employees of foreign diplomatic representations to handle official business in Estonia.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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