Cyprus to implement the Estonian model of electronic identity

The e-Governance Academy of Estonia and the presidency of Cyprus have signed a cooperation agreement to develop an electronic identity concept and implement a digital signature solution in Cyprus.

Experts from the e-Governance Academy will advise the Cypriot government about the electronic identity and describe the technical solution.

“We have a full scope of experience to support Cyprus in enabling secured electronic identification based on the public key infrastructure and finding the suitable partners. It’s all about the perspective of the EU digital single market,” Sandra Roosna, a project manager at the academy, said.

Roosna added that Cyprus wanted to implement the digital signature, which has helped Estonian citizens and businesses save a lot of time and money since the implementation.

The fresh cooperation is based on the memorandum of understanding, signed in January 2016 between the governments of Estonia and Cyprus.

The Estonian e-Governance Academy is an independent, non-governmental think tank and consultancy organisation, founded for the creation and transfer of knowledge and best practice concerning e-governance, e-democracy, national cyber security and the development of open information societies.

The organisation has so far trained over 3,000 officials from more than 50 countries and led or participated in more than 60 international information technology projects on the national, local and organisational levels.

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Cover: A map of Cyprus and an Estonian flag (courtesy of Cyprus.com)

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