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Estonian, Finnish PMs sign world's first electronic treaty

Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen held talks in Helsinki on Wednesday with his Estonian opposite number Andrus Ansip. A day earlier, the two used new technology to simultaneously sign a pact, each from their own capital city.

Viron pääministeri Andrus Ansip.
Andrus Ansip Image: Yle

The Estonian and Finnish premiers met in Helsinki to talk about bilateral ties, as well as Baltic Sea regional cooperation, energy matters and the agenda of the next European Council meeting. The conference begins on 19 December in Brussels.

They also discussed the neighbouring countries' increasing cooperation on electronic services. A day earlier, the prime ministers signed an agreement on joint development of e-services. Aptly, they signed it electronically -- in Tallinn and Helsinki respectively, using electronic ID cards.

According to the Riga-based Baltic Course website, this is the world’s first digitally signed international agreement.

The two held a press conference shortly before midday – and just before Katainen headed to Parliament to unveil details of his cabinet’s structural reform policy.

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