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Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers signed the ICT Memorandum of Understanding digitally

11.12.2013
Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers Andrus Ansip and Jyrki Katainen signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) digitally. The MoU regards two countries’ information and communication technologies. To our knowledge, this is the world’s first digitally signed international agreement; it was signed using ID cards.
 
The Prime Ministers signed the MoU digitally on the 10th of December – Prime Minister Ansip in Tallinn and Katainen in Helsinki.
 
Furthermore, the Estonia’s ID card basic software now supports with its new version release the Finnish citizen ID cards. This will enable Estonian and Finnish authorities to exchange information, the companies and persons to conclude contracts and exchange other documents using the digital signatures mutually.
 
One of the central agreements of the MoU foresees that the state data exchange layer, known in Estonia as the X-Road, will be developed jointly with the Finns in the future. The clearest benefit of such data exchange platforms lies in the fact that citizens and companies have to be asked to submit information just once. The cooperation will be based on the present version and source-code of the Estonian state data exchange layer X-road. With the introduction of a similar solution in Finland, the countries will begin to offer bilateral cross-border e-services, with the first pilot projects to go public in 2014.
 
Source: Government Communication Unit

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