Estonian Information Policy
On November 30, 2006 the Government of Estonia approved the "Estonian Information Society Strategy 2013".
Estonian ICT proceeds from the Principles of Estonian Information Policy approved by the Estonian Parliament in may 1998, which serves as a basis for making public policy decisions to support the rise of information society. The policy document serves as a basis for an action plan for establishing information society. The Information Policy Action Plan in its turn is the basis for all government agencies to make specific proposals to the Government - proposals with schedules, sources of finances, and responsibilities for the implementation of information policy programs every year. The Action Plan has been approved by the Government in April 1998, May 1999, and February 2001.
According to the Government decision of 14 May 2002 the information policy priorities are as follows:
- development of services for citizens, business sector and public administration, especially the elaboration of ID-card applications, proceeding also from the list of e-government services defined in the eEurope+ Action Plan;
- improvement of skills and access of social groups in unequal position for using electronically provided services;
- elaboration and introduction of systems for digital document management and archival processing;
- development of the system and infrastructure of state registers, including the development of systems that ensure the maintenance of databases and the introduction of the data exchange layer (project X-road) of information systems;
- better provision of schools with computers to achieve the ultimate goal one computer per 20 students;
- launching of Tiger University program to support the development of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and academic ICT staff, and the infrastructure for post-graduate training.