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Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Kalle Palling is on a visit to Athens, where he delivered a report “Country as a Service (Estonian Experience)” at the TEDx Academy conference today.

In his report, he focused on digital solutions in Estonia, giving examples on founding of companies, submitting income declarations, e-health and e-elections. He also spoke about e-residency and the various potentials of X-road.

Palling called upon other Member States of the European Union to make use of the Estonian experience. In his opinion, it helps cut public sector expenses. He also thinks that digital solutions make the life of people and businesses simpler and more convenient.

Yesterday, Palling met with the Chairman of the Greece-Estonia parliamentary friendship group and attended the sitting of the Committee on European Affairs of the Greek Parliament. He also had a meeting with Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs Anastasios Kourakis, with whom he discussed the migration pressure on Greece.

Together with the officer of the Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia working in Greece, Palling explained the system of relocation of refugees in Estonia. “Greece highly appreciates our contribution, although in absolute numbers, the numbers Estonia is dealing with are small,” Palling said. “But here is a human being behind each number, and a possibility to start a new life in Estonia.”

Palling added that the people relocated from Greece had wanted to come to Estonia. “The good work of our officials can be seen from the fact that unlike Latvia, from where the refugees have already left, all the refugees who came to Estonia have stayed here. On the contrary, some of them are already trying their hand at business,” Palling said.

During the visit, Palling also presented a report on e-governance at the think tank that unites the organisations dealing with open technologies in Greece.

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