🇪🇪 Why I have joined Startup Nation eEstonia in 2017

Estonia offers a transnational digital framework available to anyone in the world interested in administering a location-independent business online. The eEstonia framework is a "must-have experience" for any severe digital business professional. 2021, in a post-Brexit area, Estonia may become a strategic entry point for a European market entry, as the country has already established secure infrastructure, interoperability services, and e-Identity. In times were prosperous societies are still struggling with home-schooling and voting, Estonia is a role model for secure connected services in healthcare and crypto assets.

C84 is a location independent company

I worked with some big tech companies for a while and finally became an eResident in Estonia in 2017. The eEstonia movement is a milestone and brings interoperability Services, such as the Estonian X-Road, which is a reliable infrastructure for connected services and data management platforms. 

C84 is a location-independent company. I can run it online from anywhere, having access to all the tools needed to conduct business under the European legal framework. It´s a logical counterpart to cloud services and decentralized organizations

A digital identity in a secure framework.

Estonia has turned into some of the most tech-savvy, digitally focused governments in Europe. Ther transnational digital framework enables secure and convenient digital services that facilitate credibility and trust online. 

  • Online Government: Estonian citizens do most of their necessary business with their government over the internet. I can use my electronic ID card to access the government’s e-services, including paying taxes, registering a business, and even paying for parking.
  • One hundred percent of Estonian schools were using e-schooling solutions long before the coronavirus forced every student and teacher on the planet to adapt to remote learning.
  • Computers in every classroom are the norm in Estonia since 2000 and in 2015 Estonian government pledged to digitize all educational materials. The country made its ed-tech solutions for distance learning available to all nations for free.

The EU is Tackling fragmentation in the Digital Single Market. Adjustments are needed to ensure the legal framework and interoperability of digital identity solutions. The EU regulatory framework shall facilitate digital innovation in the interest of consumers and market efficiency. Given developments in technology, the Commission has taken a pro-active approach and proposed adjustments to the EU’s financial services legislation and supervisory practices to ensure that they remain relevant in the digital age. Creating a European financial data space to promote data-driven innovation, building on the European Data Strategy. Enhanced access to data and data sharing within the financial sector will encourage the financial industry to embrace data-driven innovation and lead to more innovative products for consumers and businesses.

Compliance with data protection rules, in particular, the General Data Protection Regulation, is a pre-requisite for a global player and a financial sector driven by data. The principle of the digital finance package is  Same Risks – Same Rules – Same Regulation!

A secure hub for Connected Services and Crypto Assets

Crypto exchanges and custodial wallet providers must have a physical presence in the EU and become subject to prior authorization from a competent national authority before starting their activities. They will be subject to capital requirements, governance standards, and an obligation to segregate their clients’ assets from their assets. These crypto-asset service providers will also be subject toIT requirementsto avoid the risks of cyber thefts and hacks. Supervision will, in principle, fall upon the authorities of the Member State where providers are based. If the control is divided between several competent authorities because activities are cross-border, it will be up to the Member States to designate a single point of contact. European Banking Authority will supervise asset-referenced tokens because these instruments are likely to pose significant risks for financial stability and consumer protection in multiple member states.

A level playing field is vital for Europe in the global environment of “America First” and China’s unstoppable rise.   

Crypto-assets and their underlying technology present considerable opportunities but are also associated with significant risks, stemming mainly from the fact that most of them have remained so far unregulated, which exposed digital businesses to scammers and hackers. A digital euro could evolve as a safe form of money and avoid possible undesirable implications for fulfilling its mandate for the financial industry and the broader economy.

The EU´s initiative creates opportunity in the EU Market, something I (Axel Hoehnke) was looking for a long time. 

  1. e-Identity – is built on ID-card, Mobile-ID, e-Residency, Smart-ID.
  2. Interoperability services – is built on X-Road, e-Land Register, Population Registry.
  3. Security and safety – refers to KSI Blockchain, e-Law relevant for e-Justice and e-Police
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