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Weekly press review | Digital prescriptions, nomad visa, and legitimate use of e-Residency

Travelling to the most digitized country in the world

Alberto Giuffrè, reporter at the Italian news channel Sky Tg24, came recently to Estonia and has published a detailed video reportage on the best practices of our digital society. One focus has been on the complete automatization fo the healthcare system.

Using his own words: “Medicines are also prescribed directly on the ID card. To understand how it works, just visit the main square in the medieval town where there is the oldest pharmacy in Europe: the six hundred years of history behind it do not prevent the pharmacist behind the counter from using a card reader to know which product to deliver to customers. Even here, the sheets of paper written by hand, do not exist anymore.”

 

This article was originally published in Sky Tg24. Watch the full video reportage here.


Digital nomad visa could bring 1,400 workers per year to Estonia

Killu Vantsi, adviser at the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior, said the new digital nomad visa expected to be launched in early 2019 would bring 1,400 people every year to Estonia. This new kind of visa would allow young entrepreneurs and workers who temporarily live in Estonia to have the right to reside in the country for 365 days, and will also be entitled to a Schengen visa which allows them to visit member countries for up to 90 days.

Many people enter the country on a tourist visa, which means that they should not be working while residing in the country. For a longer stay, such people need to find employers. “Of course, we would like entrepreneurial and talented people to find an employer here or set up a business and stay here,” Vantsi concluded.

This article was originally published in Err News. Read the full piece here.


e-Residency non-suited for tax dodgers

Some people started to think that the e-Residency program might be a way to avoid taxes’ responsibilities, but the Estonian government has released a strong statement against that last week. Even though the e-Residency program facilitates the possibility to open a business and the access to the European market, Estonia is not a tax haven.

As a member of the EU and of the OECD, Estonia is an honest and an active player on the world’s tax landscape and abides by all rules and regulations to which we have over a number of years adhered with diligence. According to Dmitri Jegorov, deputy secretary general for tax and customs policy at the Estonian Finance Ministry “e-Residency is not a right, but a privilege that Estonia can offer to screened and identified people who wish to join our digital nation without living here. Residency can be revoked in order to protect the benefits of the program only for those that wish to use them legitimately.” As of today, only the 2% of the applicants have been refused.

This article was originally published in Medium. Read the full piece here. 

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