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Estonia grants e-residence to journalist Edward Lucas

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Journalist Edward Lucas

Journalist Edward Lucas

Seeking to attract more foreign investment, Estonia has put in place issuing e-residency to foreigners. British journalist Edward Lucas – an editor of the Economist weekly – will become the first e-resident of the northenmost Baltic state.

Taavi Kotka, the Deputy Secretary General on ICT at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, explained to ERR that the aim of the project is to make Estonia a more visible in the world and attract more businesses to the country.

Foreigners are the target market for the secure Estonian e-identity card and e-signatures.

«For example, the adoption of non-resident ID cards is an additional argument in favor of investing in Estonia. Today, it is difficult for a foreign investor to actively participate in the executive management of a company. The non-resident ID card and digital signature would provide the necessary flexibility», Kotka said.

ERR reports that the primary target groups of the e-residency would be foreign investors and the foreign employees of their companies; foreign specialists and employees of Estonian companies, their foreign customers and partners; foreign scientists, educators and students; representatives of other countries and international institutions in Estonia; Estonian nationals and their heirs who have emigrated from Estonia, as well as their family members.

Ref: 111.111.111.1990


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  1. Linda says:

    Does that include Russian foreign investors? Estonian nationals and their heirs already have an automatic right to citizenship under the constitution providing their parents were citizens of Estonia pre 1939.

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