• Now, as Estonia assumes the rotating presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, it has been granted a pulpit from which to preach the digital gospel to the rest of Europe.
  • As well as managing legislative disputes between the EU’s 28 governments, Estonia will spend the next six months pressing its vision upon the rest of the club, which, it fears, may be left behind by more digitally astute policymakers in other parts of the world.
  • Chief among Estonia’s plans is a proposal to expand the EU’s familiar four freedoms — the unhindered movement of goods, services, capital and people across borders — to include a fifth: data.
  • To countries seeking to emulate Estonia’s example, she suggests building trust by placing smaller services, such as school applications, online before progressing to weightier matters like e-voting.
  • The EU has long paid homage to the potential of the digital economy, and Estonia’s presidency offers them a chance to make this word flesh.

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