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Electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS): regulatory environment and beyond

Electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS): regulatory environment and beyond

Legislation Team (eIDAS) (Task Force eIDAS)

To boost TRUST and CONVENIENCE in secure and seamless cross-border electronic transactions by promoting the widespread use and uptake of electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS services).

  • Public administration, businesses and citizens will regularly use eIDAS services;
  • Users will demand more and innovative eIDAS services and new services/apps will emerge on the market;
  • eIDAS will be turned into a source of growth and jobs, supporting both the internal and global markets;
  • eIDAS regulatory framework, standards and technologies will influence international dialogues and trade negotiations, thus broadening the economies of scale for eIDAS services and increasing the global competitiveness of European businesses and private sector.



Our priority is to deliver a predictable regulatory environment related to electronic identification and trust services. The eIDAS Regulation aims at boosting the user convenience, trust and confidence in the digital world, while keeping pace with technological developments, promoting innovation and stimulating competition.Following the recent political level agreement, the formal adoption of the Regulation is expected by September.  Thereafter, we will develop related delegated/implementing acts. This will be accompanied by the necessary policy, standardisation and communication activities at the EU and International levels to ensure understanding and a positive environment for the acceptance and wide uptake of the new legislative framework.Other complementary actions delivered by the Task Force are:

  • Leveraging the large scale pilots (like STORK, SPOCS, PEPPOL, eCodex, epSOS) as a pillar for the development of interoperability of cross-border eID and trust. Identifying and using appropriate mechanisms to develop and engage "communities" – citizens and SMEs in particular - in promoting the use and uptake of eID and trust services.
  • Bridging the eIDAS Regulation and technical/innovation projects (under existing and future programmes, i.e. CIP, FP7, Horizon 2020 and CEF) with relevant non-EU Governmental and private-sector led initiatives with a view to drive innovation at global level and increase the market and social growth opportunities for European stakeholders. To this end, we will develop a strategy, cooperation framework and appropriate mechanisms for sustainable international cooperation and engagements on eIDAS-related priorities.
  • Follow-up of the existing legislative framework (currently Directive 1999/93/EC[1] and, upon formal adoption, the eIDAS Regulation). This includes managing the legal proceedings related to the existing legal framework and providing feedback to both the legislative process of the proposed Regulation as well as policy and standardisation activities.
  • We will define a transition plan for the organisational structure needed after the expiration of the Task Force's mandate in order to ensure the smooth continuation of the activities related to the follow up of the future eIDAS legal framework.

Fragmentation of the market: different rules apply to service providers depending on which Member States they serve.Lack of trust and confidence: the lack of trust and confidence in electronic systems, the tools provided and the legal framework can create the impression that there are fewer legal safeguards than with physical interaction.Large Scale Pilots (e.g., STORK, Peppol, EPSOS, etc.) have proven that technical interoperability is possible. However, this must be accompanied by clear rules and responsibilities to ensure legal certainty and mutual recognition of electronic identification and trust services.In line with the Treaty of the European Union, the Task Force needs also to ensure, on behalf of the European Commission, the correct application of the existing legal framework (currently Directive 99/93/EC on e-signatures). Divergent national implementations due to different interpretations by Member States of the current Directive have led to cross-border interoperability problems and thus to a segmented EU landscape and distortions in the internal market.Outdated standards lead to a highly complex EU standardisation framework. Standards are no longer in line with current market expectations, e.g. the use of mobile phones or highly secure remote signing technologies.

Action 8 (Revision of the eSignature Directive) and Action 83 (mutual recognition of electronic identification) of the Digital Agenda for Europe have been merged to provide a comprehensive and predictable legal framework in view of boosting user empowerment, convenience and trust in the digital world. The eIDAS TF participates in the governance of digital service infrastructure with unit H.3. as regards eInvoices.


Full-Time Equivalent: 
9.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:

Secondary legislation

Prepare the first batch of secondary legislation foreseen in the Regulation with a view of the adoption by the European Commission

Timeframe: 2014-2015



Adoption of the set of implementing acts having a deadline by end 2015

Target 8 (2015)
Baseline 0

SMEs and eIDAS

Percentage of SMEs using/relying on electronic identification, authentication and signature (eIDAS)

Timeframe: By 2015



Percentage of SMEs using/relying on electronic identification, authentication and signature (eIDAS)

Target 80% (2015)
Baseline 61 % SMEs use eIDAS technologically based services (2011)

SME panel conducted on 1251 SMEs

eIDs notified

Official eIDs notified to the Commission

Timeframe: following the entry into application of the mutual recognition of eIDs



Number of MS that notify an eID scheme to the Commission under eIDAS Regulation (lead indicator)

Target 16 (2018)
Baseline 0 (2014)


Full transition to eProcurement in the EU - % of enterprises submitting a proposal in a public electronic tender system 

Timeframe: By mid-2016



% of enterprises submitting a proposal in a public electronic tender system (eProcurement)

Target 100% (2016)
Baseline 11.3% (2011)

DAE scoreboard 

SMEs receiving or sending e-invoices

Timeframe: by end 2015



Percentage of SMEs receiving or sending e-invoices

Target 65% (by end 2015)
Baseline 22% (2009)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • eCommerce Action Plan - Double the share of eCommerce in retail sales and of the internet sector in European GDP by 2015
  • DAE - 50 % of the population to buy online by 2015
  • DAE - 20 % of the population to buy online cross-border by 2015
  • DAE - 33 % of SMEs to make online sales by 2015
  • DAE - 50 % of citizens to use eGovernment by 2015, with more than half returning completed forms
  • DAE - All key cross-border public services, to be agreed by Member States in 2011, to be available online by 2015
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