President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor told King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander about the principles of the e-governance of Estonia and asserted the long-time good relations between the two countries at their meeting today.
Nestor emphasised that Estonia and the Netherlands were good partners both in the European Union and in NATO, and their bilateral friendly relations had in many fields lasted for a hundred years already. “Today we have good bilateral research and cyber cooperation, we have close economic relations and we are an example to others in the European Union in the e-health sector,” Nestor said.
Nestor believes that the popularity of the European Union is high in Estonia. He also pointed out that the people who had left Estonia because of work or studies had started to return, and since 2015, the number of immigrants had been exceeding that of emigrants.
Speaking of defence cooperation, Nestor thanked the Netherlands for their contribution to ensuring the security of the Baltic Region, and said that the Estonian Defence Forces had improved and updated their equipment by acquiring defence equipment from the Netherlands.
The King expressed interest in the digital development of Estonia, and Nestor gave an overview of the principles of e-governance and e-state. Nestor said that e-elections and e-governance services were based on the confidence of the people.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson and Chairman of the Estonia-Netherlands Parliamentary Group Martin Repinski also participated in the meeting with the King of the Netherlands.