The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus is interested in exploring Estonia’s experience in criminal procedure digitalization
While Belarusian journalists were on an information visit in Estonia, the delegation of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus attended Tallinn E-governance Conference.
The E-Governance conference in Tallinn is a key event at Estonia’s E-governance Academy. The conference attendees numbered 360 professionals specializing in IT, cybersecurity, and e-governance from 76 countries of the world (six of them represented by government officials). This is the fourth time the event has been held. This year, the conference focused on what Internet users need and expect from their digital interactions with the state. In addition, just as before, the conference hosted the international e-Governance EXPO exhibition, where over ten Estonian IT companies demonstrated their innovative software products catering to e-governance.
During the conference, representatives of EU countries shared their achievements in digitalization of the government and the state at large. The delegation of the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus also got a chance to learn more about the Estonian information security system, expressing their interest in using Estonia’s experience with its electronic criminal case system (E-toimik). The system covers both pre-trial and trial proceedings. By now, it has been in use for several years.
“We are interested in the idea because we are working intensively towards introducing an electronic criminal case system of our own. Therefore, we want to know about similar experiences,” emphasized Yuliya Goncharova, a member of the Belarusian delegation and the official representative of the Investigative Committee. “We are now focusing on exploring how countries in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union (EU) designed their electronic document flows. The visit to Estonia gave us many valuable insights. We are ready for further cooperation.”
During a visit to Estonia, Belarusian journalists and the delegation of the Investigative Committee also met Estonia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sven Mikser and attended the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and Radio 4—an Estonian radio station broadcasting about legal and social issues. In the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Belarusian delegation found out more about how the ministry addresses prevention and detection of family and domestic violence and exchanged opinions on related social advertising with ministerial officials.
The visit of the Belarusian mass media representatives to Estonia was at the invitation of Estonia’s Embassy to the Republic of Belarus. The officials from the Investigative Committee, Yuliya Goncharova and Alexander Ivanov, got a chance to attend Tallinn E-governance Conference and had a cross-country information trip, exploring how Estonian mass media cover family violence issues. The trip was a prize for participating in the international journalist contest held by the UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in the Republic of Belarus to support its “Speak up! Stop Violence!” information campaign.
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