HELP ME TO SUPPORT ESTONIAN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION SECTOR
The Estonian technology and innovation sector needs new life. If you broadly agree with this, support me publicly.
• The Estonian technology sector has been hit by chronic labor shortages. This is due, to the previous success and growth of the sector and the relocation of several international development units to Estonia, but there is also a lack of in-service training. I support a significant increase in public procurement in the fields of technology and innovation. I support the multiple and systematic order in our education in the fields of technology and design.
• Our Copyright Act dates back to 1992 and has been amended several times since. The law has not been able to keep pace with the rapid development of IT and, more broadly, creative sites, and does not provide sufficient international legal protection for Estonian knowledge-intensive companies and organizations. That is why intellectual property created in Estonia is often protected outside Estonia, for example United States, or it is not protected at all.
• I support the adoption of a new copyright law by the Parliament, that protects our start-ups and creations as soon as possible.
• Estonian labor taxes are among the highest compare to neighboring countries. For example, labor taxes in Finland and Sweden are lower. We have to create an adaptable social security system for the educated professionals with temporary working visas to participate in the Estonian economy. I am in favor of lowering labor taxes and valuing human capital and moving from a brick, cannon and radiator society to a high-added-value knowledge society.
• Increasing public procurement for technology and innovation is necessary, but there is not enough work done to reduce drought. My opinion is, that our work visas could be issued under the simplified procedure for top professionals in knowledge-intensive areas.
• I believe that the state should make the outsourcing of technology and innovation services and products more transparent and open, allowing fair competition between bidders. The state should look for ways to expand the range of technology procurement providers and involve more new and innovative actors in the development of e-society.
• The state should take into account the major trends in the field when designing innovation policies, such as the winning of civilian drones or the increasingly accessible 3D printing technology. The country should support major trends through education order and flexible curricula. Only the interpretation of the new EU Framework Program will not succeed, because all the EU countries do the same, We need to look for a new great ideas!
• I support larger public investment funds in the technology and innovation sector through the Development Fund, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) and Kredex. These organizations should be more proactive in scouting innovative technologies and for the progressive new teams. The number of formal funding projects should decrease. It is also necessary to ensure that national investment funds (EAS) using the taxpayer-financed funds are not linked to the political party food chain. I also support the restoration of the analytical competence of the Development Fund.
• I support a policy on open licenses for digitalised museum items. Companies registered in Estonia could obtain 3D scans from their applications, such as the exteriors and interiors of computer games or product design, in Estonian museums.
• I support open and liberal archival and state-managed digital content policies, including state-controlled content and databases as liberal and equal as possible and the free access to basic services.• In addition to the “Programming tiger” project created in the spirit of the Tiger Leap Program, free IT development retraining and training programs for adults should also be created. I strongly support adult retraining, technology and language learning initiatives.