Digital Single Market: Estonian Presidency Priorities

Digitisation (“Digital Europe and the free movement of data”) is one of the four priorities of the Estonian government for the six months of its Presidency of the EU Council (July-December 2017). It will focus on the following topics:


  • Free flow of data essential for the development of a digital society: the Presidency will attempt to progress on the future Commission legislation proposal against data location restrictions, on providing legal clarity on ownership and on the «once-only principle» for public data (whereby citizens and companies should only have to register their data once when they interact with public authorities)
  • High-speed, high quality and widely available internet connection: Estonia will focus on the adoption of the European Electronic Communication Code
  • Development of e-commerce and e-services: efforts will be put on the adoption of the regulation limiting geo-blocking, the contract law package and the copyright reform
  • Public e-services, also to simplify cross-border formalities: as part of the EU eGovernment Action Plan, Estonia will focus on eHealth and eJustice
  • Trust and security: progress towards the adoption of the ePrivacy regulation will be pushed for, and first discussions on the upcoming Cybersecurity Strategy and on a revised mandate for ENISA (the EU network security agency) will be organised.

The Presidency also plans to organise a series of events: on 17 July a “Digital single market conference on the free movement of data”, on 6-8 September a Conference on E-volution of Data Protection (Implementation of Data Protection Reform), on 14&15 September an EU Cybersecurity Conference, on 16&18 October a High-level conference on e-health, on 24&25 October “Manufuture 2017” and on 2&3 November a Conference 'Open licence, open content, open data: tools for developing digital humanities'.