Civil Status RegistrationMore than Data Collection: EU Digital Development in Promoting the Free Movement of Civil Status Document

  • Kristi JoametsEmail author


Digital technologies have changed the relationship between the citizen and the state. Online options facilitate/make more comfortable, expedite, secure and accessible the exchange of data and information. Digitalization has had the same positive effect in the field of civil status registration. In the European Union (EU), the civil registration systems of member states are improving their management of cross-border cases. At this level, the tendency is towards a common digital environment. Estonia has a considerable e-government practice; from 2002, data collection is made in digital form, and from 2010, the administrative procedure of registering the family events and civil status data is electronic. This chapter introduces the Estonian model of digital civil status registration. It can be defined as an example of person-centred, transparent and effectively operating e-government function.


European Union Member State Population Register Vital Statistic Free Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tallinn Law SchoolTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia

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