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Prime Minister at a meeting with Uber: Governments should not get in the way of technological innovation

22. March 2016 - 19:07
Prime Minister at a Meeting with Uber: The State should not Obstruct Technical Innovation
Prime Minister at a Meeting with Uber: The State should not Obstruct Technical Innovation

Washington, March 22, 2016 - Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas met with David Plouffe, Strategy Director and Member of the Board of Uber, to discuss the growth opportunities in sharing economy.

Estonia is among the first countries in Europe to prepare a legal framework for regulated ride-sharing.

Estonia's Tax and Customs Board is also the first in the world to establish in cooperation with Uber an option for natural persons to declare their income from Uber automatically. This cooperation between Estonia and Uber is already becoming a model for several other European countries.

"We see globally the transformation of economy, with new sectors emerging and growing quickly. The governments should embrace, not get in the way of technological innovation. Cooperation with Uber is taking us in the right direction”, Rõivas said.

"Estonians have access to some of the most innovative digital public services in the world and your country is synonymous with the advancement of digital technology. The unique concept of e-residency is helping to ensure online identity in today’s digital world. That Estonia has taken the lead in Europe on regulating ridesharing is a continuation of that proud tradition of embracing the
online world," Plouffe said.

Prime Minister Rõivas presented an Estonian e-residency card to Plouffe at the meeting.

Photos from the meeting: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ev862oy3wrdk8y/AABJFbTctGLceroJNVaqdSg9a?dl=0