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President Kersti Kaljulaid on an official visit to Denmark

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27.09.2017

President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed co-operation between Estonia and Denmark in digital and security spheres in Copenhagen today with the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and the Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In the morning, the Estonian Head of State took part in a discussion on security in the Baltic Sea region at the Danish Institute for International Studies and an e-governance round table organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry.

At the meeting with the Queen of Denmark, President Kaljulaid thanked Denmark for their long-term, staunch support of Estonia and she invited Queen Margrethe to Estonia for the event to mark the 800th anniversary of Dannebrog. In 2019, it will be 800 years since from the legendary battle, where the Danish flag fell from the sky near Tallinn.

The meeting between President Kaljulaid and Lars Løkke Rasmussen focused on co-operation between Estonia and Denmark in the sphere of digital issues and security. "Estonia and Denmark are both leading digital society countries, and we should continue close co-operation in this sphere," said the President of the Republic, and they discussed the options for extending the digital data communication solution, used between Estonia and Finland, to Denmark.

"We are very pleased that a Danish company will be deployed in Estonia within the framework of the enhanced presence of NATO allies. Estonia and Denmark have long-term, effective co-operation in the sphere of security that should now be extended to the sphere of cyber defence," stated President Kaljulaid.

The need for future adjustment of our taxation system, possible scenarios for the future of Europe and the implications of Brexit on the European Union were also discussed at the meeting.

At the e-governance round table organised by the Confederation of Danish Industry, the President of the Republic introduced the basics of Estonia's e-governance, the principles of the e-residency programme and cyber defence to Danish entrepreneurs and high-ranking officials. "We must keep comparing the digital and analogue worlds. In fact, the digital sphere is usually more secure than analogue, and it is important for nations to offer their citizens and enterprises safe digital services."

At a discussion on security in the Baltic Sea region at the Danish Institute for International Studies, the Estonian Head of State spoke about Estonia's security policy principles, and the President discussed the security of the Baltic Sea region and defence-related co-operation between Estonia and Denmark.

Tonight, President Kaljulaid will meet with the Estonian community and Danish enterprises.

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