Conditions and Procedures for Qualification as an EENet Customer

Approved on 29 June 2005 by the Supervisory Board of EENet

The procedure shall be approved pursuant to Statutes § 8 and § 12 (3) of the Estonian Educational and Research Network.

1. Target group for EENet services

In accordance with Statute § 8 of the Estonian Educational and Research Network, EENet shall provide its services to legal entities and state and local government agencies active in the fields of education, research and culture who are not engaged in commercial activities within the network. Resulting from the limitations of the target group, the services provided on the network managed by EENet are not considered publicly available electronic communication services in conformity with the Electronic Communications Act.

2. Conditions for qualification as an EENet customer

2.1 Eligibility to become an EENet customer is applicable to:

  1. institutions whose principal activity, according to their articles of association or statutes, is research and development and which are registered pursuant to § 51 of the Organisation of Research and Development Act;
  2. the Estonian Academy of Sciences and other institutions and councils allocated the function of organising research and development pursuant to the Organisation of Research and Development Act;
  3. the research and methodology institutions providing services to educational institutions;
  4. the universities defined by the Universities Act;
  5. institutions of professional higher education whose activities are regulated by the Institutions of Professional Higher Education Act;
  6. vocational educational institutions whose activities are regulated by the Vocational Educational Institutions Act;
  7. upper secondary schools and other educational institutions that provide general secondary education;
  8. primary and basic schools and other educational institutions that provide basic education;
  9. pre-school child care institutions;
  10. adult education institutions;
  11. the hobby schools named in § 25 of the Republic of Estonia Education Act;
  12. the further education institutions and organisations named in § 26 of the Republic of Estonia Education Act;
  13. state and municipal museums and museums of legal entities in public law;
  14. private museums operating as foundations established by the state or with the participation of the state and either performing the functions of a central museum or a county museum or collecting, studying and preserving items of cultural value related to humans and their environment in a specific field and organising the communication thereof to the public for scientific, educational and entertainment purposes;
  15. public archives;
  16. public libraries, subject libraries and libraries operating as legal entities in public law;
  17. public Internet access points that conform to the requirements of the capacity and general accessibility of information services;
  18. structural units of county governments and local governments supervising education;
  19. the Ministry of Education and Research and its subordinate units;
  20. publishers specialising in educational and scientific literature;
  21. artistic associations and other unions that provide freely attainable hobby and art education to the general public;
  22. projects which specialise in free services of an educational character (dictionaries, language analysers, name databases, teaching materials and other information services for the public good);
  23. children and youth organisations whose activities support the educational sphere;
  24. social institutions and organisations providing support training to disabled persons in the scope of specific support services;
  25. theatres that are supported from the state budget.

2.2 EENet may also provide services to institutions which have not been entered in the register of research and development institutions (eg. medical institutions and environmental protection agencies) if they are partners of universities or research institutions in research and development.

2.3 Spin-off companies operating on the premises of universities and research institutions can use the academic network of these institutions provided the respective university/research institute submits an accompanying application and provided the business of the spin-off company is research and development.

2.4 In consideration of the expedience of network design and extension of additional costs related to the services, EENet may, in individual cases, also provide services to state agencies and departments thereof, to persons in public law and to local governments.

3. Circumstances hindering qualification

3.1 EENet may not allow institutions or organisations who provide hobby or further education as ancillary activities as its customers while the main activity of the respective institution or organisation is considered inappropriate to the academic network.

3.2 EENet may unilaterally end the customer relationship with an institution or an organisation if:

  1. it provides false information when becoming a customer;
  2. it violates EENet’s Acceptable Usage Policy;
  3. it changes its activities or stops providing the public information services that determined its eligibility as an EENet customer.

4. Procedures for qualification

4.1 In order to use EENet’s services, the institution or organisation must submit an application. When requested by EENet the respective applicant must submit, in addition to the application, a copy of its articles of association or statute, a description of its previous or proposed information services and other documents which prove its eligibility to become an EENet customer.

4.2 EENet may make additional inquiries to third parties and institutions in order to verify or evaluate the reliability of the information submitted by the applicant.

4.3 The application and other documents provided shall be examined and a decision made about the applicant’s eligibility by the EENet Customer Service Department. In more complicated cases, the decision shall be made by the Director of EENet, in which case it shall be final.

5. Implementation

5.1 This procedure shall be implemented from 1 July 2005.

5.2 Amendments to eligibility criteria for becoming an EENet customer shall have no retroactive effect.

5.3 The Supervisory Board of EENet may approve different prices for different EENet customers to cover the expenses of the provision of its services.

Acts referred to:
1. Statutes of the Estonian Educational and Research Network (RTL 2004, 63, 1046)
2. Electronic Communications Act (RT I 2004, 87, 593)
3. Organisation of Research and Development Act (RT I 1997, 30, 471; 2001, 43, 237; 2002, 61, 375; 90, 521; 105, 611; 2003, 75, 495; 88, 594; 2004, 89, 615)
4. Republic of Estonia Education Act (RT 1992, 12, 192; RT I 2003, 33, 205; 48, 342; 58, 387; 78, 526; 2004, 27, 180; 41, 275 and 176; 45, 316, 56, 404, 75, 524)
5. Universities Act (RT I 1995, 12, 119; 1003, 33, 206; 58, 387; 2004, 45, 326; 56, 404, 2005, 29, 215)
6. Institutions of Professional Higher Education Act (RT I 1998, 61, 980; 2003, 33, 207; 58, 387; 2004, 45, 316; 54, 390; 56, 404; 2005, 29, 215)
7. Vocational Educational Institutions Act (RT I 1998, 64/65, 1007; 2001, 68, 406; 2002, 56, 348; 61, 375; 90, 521; 2003, 20, 116; 58, 387; 71, 473; 2004, 27, 178; 41, 276; 56, 404)