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New government sees digitalisation, artificial intelligence and reducing bureaucracy as priorities for the next 4 years

For the purpose of enhancing a knowledge-based economy, the state will support making the enterprises smarter, for example, by digitalising the construction sector.

The focus is on implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning, or the so-called “kratts”, in order to bring the state closer to its citizens, improve efficiency, and decrease bureaucracy.

“All coalition partners agree that Government decisions must involve specific solutions to our current problems, whereas these decisions are investments into our common future. From that standpoint, the action plan of the Government may be seen as an investment plan that reflects the specific steps made in different areas and the activities meant for improving our lives,” Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said.

Reducing bureaucracy even further

For the purpose of ensuring an efficient governance, the Government is planning to conduct an elaborate audit of the state budget in order to overview all activities and expenses and, consequently, make future-oriented decisions.

Another priority is continuing with the state reform, including the state house project that allows citizens to access the services of different state authorities in a single place. State houses will help to increase the presence of the state in different regions, improve communication with the state, and guarantee the availability of quality state services in every region of Estonia.

The Ministry of Finance is preparing a draft legislation of the state reform and an action plan for the next stage. This includes merging the state authorities and developing e-services, thus decreasing bureaucracy for people, entrepreneurs, and local governments. They will also continue to transfer jobs outside of Tallinn.

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