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Brussels, 28 February 2014

Commission welcomes political agreement on new EU regulation for electronic ID and trust services

Vice-President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner Michel Barnier today welcomed 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.

Neelie Kroes said: "The adoption of this Regulation on e-ID is a fundamental step towards the completion of the Digital Single Market. This agreement boost trust and convenience in cross-border and cross-sector electronic transactions. I would like to thank the European Parliament, especially ITRE's rapporteur, Marita Ulvskog and IMCO's rapporteur, Marielle Gallo, the shadow rapporteurs, as well as the Greek, Lithuanian, Irish and Cypriot Presidencies for all their work on this file."

Today, EU ambassadors endorsed the political agreement reached between representatives of the European Parliament, Commission and Council on Tuesday 25 February on the final elements of this significant single market proposal.

A predictable regulatory environment for eID and electronic trust services is key to promote innovation and stimulate competition. On the one hand, it will ensure that people and businesses can use and leverage across borders their national eIDs to access at least public services in other EU countries fully respecting privacy and data protection rules. On the other hand, it will remove the barriers to seamless electronic trust services across borders by ensuring that they enjoy the same legal value as in paper-based processes.

Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services added:

"I welcome this agreement which is key to completing our work on the Single Market Act. It is an important step for the development of e-commerce, e-invoicing and e-procurement. The new rules will allow all actors in the single market - citizens, consumers, businesses and administrative authorities - to develop their "on-line" activities."

Background

On 4 June 2012, the European Commission proposed a draft Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (see IP/12/558 and MEMO/12/403)

The Regulation is due to be formally endorsed by the European Parliament in the April plenary session and by the Council of Ministers in June. It will come into force on 1st July 2014 and will be directly applicable cross the EU from that date. The economic effect will be immediate, overcoming problems of fragmented national legal regimes and cutting red tape and unnecessary costs.

Foster the interoperability of eID usage and trust services' interoperability. The existing EU legislation on eSignatures has been strengthened and extended to cover the full set of electronic identification and trust services and make it more fit for the digital single market. This will have a huge impact on the legal validity and interoperability of national and cross-border electronic transactions.

The eIDAS Regulation provides for principles, like:

  • Transparency and accountability: well-defined minimal obligations for TSPs and liability;

  • Trustworthiness of the services together with security requirements for TSPs

  • Technological neutrality: avoiding requirements which could only be met by a specific technology;

  • Market rules and building on standardisation

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