Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) handed the EU Sanctions Map, developed by Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Monday.
The Sanctions Map is a digital gift to the European Commission from the current Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the ministry said in a press release.
"In two months, more than 77,000 people have used the application," Mikser highlighted. "We have also been thanked by companies, journalists, officials, universities and many others."
Sanctions oblige companies and citizens of member states to refrain from certain activities, which is why it is important to provide the public with clear information on obligations to the EU's private and public sectors that arise from sanctions.
"Every year, around 90 decisions related to sanctions are made in the EU in complex legal forms," Mikser noted. "As a digital society, Estonia saw an opportunity to use its experience and turn this complex topic into a clear and understandable e-solution."
According to the Estonian minister, the Sanctions Map could also be used in the future as an example for developing other e-solutions for translating EU policies into more easily understandable forms.
The Sanctions Map was launched at the Tallinn Digital Summit on Sept. 29. The Commission will take over maintenance of the map on Jan. 1, 2018.
The EU Sanctions Map can be found online here.
Editor: Aili Vahtla