Kalle Palling was born on 27 February 1985 in Rapla, Estonia. He has been a member of Estonian parliament since 2007, being one of the youngest members ever elected. He has been a Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee, Vice- Chair of the Environment Committee and a member of the Economic Committee. He has bee responsible for implementing the 3rd energy package on a gas market in Estonia, as well as opening the electricity market. He’s spending lot of time in his parliamentary work to promote e-governance in Estonia and abroad. Estonia has decided to embrace disruptive technologies and Kalle Palling has played a major role in drafting and negotiating the rules for many sectors. The latest success was a new law that took in to effect last week that regulates ride- sharing company’s like Uber & Taxify to operate in Estonia on the books. It’s one of the first times this has happened anywhere in Europe. Kalle Palling has also worked as a member of the supervisory board at Eesti Energia (Enefit), an international energy company, that operates in the energy market of the Baltic and Nordic countries. Also as a member of supervisory board at Tallinn Airport and Estonian Environmental Research Center. He is a member of Estonian Reform Party (ALDE), the leading proponent of the liberal ideology in Estonia and the bearer of Estonia’s success story. The Reform Party stands for a liberal environment that is rich in opportunities, where new and improved ideas to advance our lives may be born. Our policy is based on simple liberal values like the individual’s freedom of choice, the protection of ambitious people and entrepreneurs, low taxes and tolerance.
Estonia, the Digital Republic
Estonia, s small country of barely one million inhabitants after its split from the Soviet Union has decided to become the most digitalized country in the world. Skype was created in Estonia, and their voting ballots and all documents are completely digitalized. What happens when a society is digitalized in such a quick manner and when most of our lives can be controlled or accessed online? How has digitalization reshaped Estonia? What does that mean for citizens and companies?
Nevena Rendeli Vejzović
HRT, Editor (Croatia)