October 2017

Tallinn – and Beyond: The 2017 Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

At a high-level meeting in Tallinn, European Union and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) ministers signed the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment, a commitment for European governments to each make significant progress on delivering high-quality, user-centric digital public services for citizens and seamless cross-border service provision for businesses. The Tallinn Declaration was signed during the EU/EFTA Ministerial Meeting which took place in the framework of the eGovernment Ministerial Conference, chaired by the Government of Estonia. Urve Palo, Estonian minister of entrepreneurship and information technology, representing the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, chaired the meeting. Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice-president for the digital single market, delivered the keynote. The Lisbon Council had the honour of serving as drafting hand and strategic adviser to the project, offering evidence and insight through research, minister-level roundtables, an online consultation and ongoing editorial advice.