The former president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who successfully turned his country into the most advanced digital society in the world during his term in office, will take a position as advisor to Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Greece’s Minister of State and Digital Governance, it was made public on Monday.
Ilves will also serve on an expert committee that will draw up Greece’s “Digital Bible,” which will encapsulate the country’s new strategy for its digital transformation.
The Greek ministry’ goal is for the project to be ready by the end of the year, and for an international network to be created which will offer access to companies in order to invest in Greece.
In parallel, among the digital governance ministry’s priorities, is the simplification of procedures, interoperability, cybersecurity and the “investment” in startup enterprises’ ecosystem.
Ilves is a politician from the Social Democrat party who served as the Estonian president for an entire decade, from 2006 until 2016.
Estonia is by far the most advanced nation in terms of digitization in all of Europe. The Estonian authorities have managed to establish a series of services for its citizens such as i-Voting, e-Tax, e-Business, e-Banking, e-Ticket, e-School, an Internet University, and the e-Governance Academy.
A range of other mobile applications to facilitate citizens’ interactions with the state have also been developed in Estonia.