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The European Union Affairs Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee and the State Budget Control Select Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) will hold a joint sitting on e-residency on Wednesday.

Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling believes that e-residency enables to increase the economic space and number of residents of Estonia. In order to ensure that the ideas which are implemented in Estonia could also be taken into real use internationally, it is necessary to adapt the legal space.

“The possibilities brought about by e-residency are innovative and enlarge the market, but may also cause some problems, and we are opening this discussion to avoid these rocks,” Palling said.

E-residency offers the citizens of foreign states secure access to the e-services provided by Estonia. A little more than a year ago, editor of The Economist and estophile Edward Lucas became the first e-resident, but now we already have around 9000 e-residents. Altogether about 10,000 applications for e-residency have been submitted from 128 countries, one fifth of them from Finland.

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu, head of the e-residency development team, Deputy Secretary General for Communication and State Information Systems of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Taavi Kotka and e-residency project manager at Enterprise Estonia Kaspar Korjus have been invited to the sitting which will begin at 9 o’clock on Wednesday.

Deputy Secretary General of Tax and Customs Policy Dmitri Jegorov and Deputy Secretary General for Financial Policy and External Relations Märten Ross from the Ministry of Finance, and Adviser of the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior Siiri Leskov will also take part on the sitting.  Robert Kitt from the Estonian Banking Association and Imbi Jürgen from the Estonian Bar Association have also been invited to the sitting.

The joint sitting in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu is public and will be broadcast online.

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