Es­to­nian E-Res­i­dency di­rec­tor steps down

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Af­ter be­ing at the helm of Es­to­nia’s largely suc­cess­ful eRes­i­dency pro­gramme for four years, its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kas­par Kor­jus has said he would step down.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ported that the an­nounce­ment came on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8, from Kar­jus, who has been part of the gov­ern­ment pro­gramme that has granted e-res­i­dency to 50,000 peo­ple, and e-res­i­dent en­trepreneurs have stated 6,000 busi­nesses in Es­to­nia. It has also been his by con­cerns over the safety of the ID cards is­sued to e-res­i­dence, which has re­sulted into ID card mod­erni­sa­tion and court pro­ceed­ings.

The Es­to­nian Min­is­ter of Entrepreneurship and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Rene Tam­mist, com­mented that the min­istry would con­tinue to im­ple­ment the pro­pos­als of e-Res­i­dency 2.0, and the change in man­ag­ing di­rec­tor would not af­fect the growth of the pro­gramme. «Kas­par Kor­jus has man­aged to get the pro­gramme to a good state,» Tam­mist eval­u­ated. «Through taxes alone, e-res­i­dency has brought in nearly €10 mil­lion in prof­its to the Es­to­nian econ­omy.» Es­to­nia es­tab­lished the pro­gramme in 2014 and now seeks to turn a state startup ini­tia­tive into a strong na­tional source of rev­enue.

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