European Council adopts new identification regulation

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The Council of the European Union yesterday (23 July 2014) adopted a regulation establishing the conditions for mutual recognition of electronic identification; setting rules for trust services, in particular for electronic transactions; and creating a legal framework for electronic signatures, seals and time stamps, electronic documents, as well as registered electronic delivery services and certificate services for website authentication (PE-CONS 60/14; statement: 11733/14 ADD 1). The adoption came about through the General Affairs Council, which meets once a month. The meetings bring together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States. The ministers responsible for European Affairs also participate depending on […]

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EU Trusted List of Service Providers


On 16 October 2009 the European Commission adopted a Decision setting out measures facilitating the use of procedures by electronic means through the ‘points of single contact’ under the Services Directive. One of the measures adopted by the Decision consisted in the obligation for Member States to establish and publish by 28. 12.2009 their Trusted List of supervised/accredited certification service providers issuing qualified certificates to the public. The objective of this obligation is to enhance cross-border use of electronic signatures by increasing trust in electronic signatures originating from other Member States. The Decision was updated several times since 16.10.2009, the last amendment was […]

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EIDAS- Final project on identification and electronic signature

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Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Michel Barnier welcomed last friday (February, the 28th) Member States’ endorsement of a “Draft regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions” in the internal market. The Regulation will enable, for example, students to enrol at a foreign university online; citizens to fill on-line tax returns in another EU country; and businesses to participate electronically in public calls for tenders across the EU, to mention just a few of multiple new digital trust related services. Neelie Kroes said: “The adoption of this Regulation on e-ID is a fundamental step towards the completion of […]

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Redenomination of electronic signature standards

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Mandate M/460 is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by the Member States, to create a streamlined collection of standards for trust services designed to foster the deployment of the European Digital Single Market. Electronic signatures, electronic identification, registered e-mail and other services should help secure electronic transactions and services in Europe. The objective of the Mandate is to create the conditions for achieving interoperability of electronic signatures and other trust-related services at the European level by defining and providing a streamlined European framework for electronic signature standardization. The list of available projects is detailed below. All projects are […]

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Electronic signature certified through EADTRUST

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Electronic signature management systems are based on a hodgepodge of technical and legal standards that make it difficult to know if they have been properly adopted. The multiple options in the management of electronic signatures allow a lot of flexibility when designing systems, but an implementation error can ruin a good initial design. Therefore, the possibility of auditing and certifying electronic signature solutions is a guarantee for the implementers of systems that manage electronic signatures and also for the users of those systems. EADTrust is the specialist entity that audits electronic signature systems and grants certificates of adoption of best practices: […]

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Confusion in electronic signature legislation

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Electronic signatures are a robust way of linking the identity of the signatory to the content of a document, often as electronic proof of informed consent, which is key in civil law for the validity of contracts and other signed documents. Electronic documents can thus replace paper documents in relations between citizens and the administration and in other private transactions. However, the legislation on electronic signatures and the corresponding technical standards form a complex ecosystem that seems to be designed by specialized experts for specialized experts. The following drawing represents the structure of various standards, rules, laws, directives and standards, […]

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