Most of European governments are striving to cope with budget cuts and slowing economies, while offering better, cheaper and quicker services to their citizens.
Estonia is at the forefront of e-government in the world, having developed a comprehensive, coherent, yet modular and flexible array of e-services and databases. See: http://e-estonia.com/components
The Estonian e-citizen ID-card is the “pass-partout” to many effective and user-friendly services:
- e-voting in political elections (32% of votes casted on-line in most recent elections)
- on-line submission of tax declations (used by over 90% of households)
- e-health, with de-materialized prescriptions and individual health record
- e-corporate registry, with a world-record 18-minute for full on-line company incorporation
- e-banking, including e-auctions
- enabling of various mobile applications, such as e-parking. e-banking, etc.
Estonians are rightly proud of their e-government applications and have devised a number of schemes of e-government application and experience transfer to tens of foreign central and local governments, in Western and Eastern Europe, CIS Countries and Africa.