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Estonia, France agree about further steps in digital cooperation

TALLINN – Estonia's Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rene Tammist and France's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi agreed during their meeting in Paris about specific steps to advance digital cooperation between the two countries on the basis of a memorandum signed in March this year. 

"I believe that the memorandum on digital cooperation that was signed by the digital affairs ministers of Estonia and France in spring will create new opportunities for Estonian businesses, but only provided that this cooperation actually starts to work. We agreed with Secretary of State Mahjoubi about specific contact persons who will move forward with what was agreed in the memorandum. This is big progress from words to deeds," Tammist said according to spokespeople for the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

"We wish to intensify visits by experts and mentorship between the two countries, organization of joint events, sharing the technical solutions of state information systems, as well as coordinating of positions regarding the digital affairs policies of the European Union," Tammist said. 

Estonia and France signed in March 2018 an official cooperation accord to ensure closer cooperation between the two governments in e-governance and the digital state. In the cooperation agreement, the countries stated their wish to keep the digital domain a horizontal priority of the policies of the state. 

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