Our vision is to ensure a smooth transition from the current EU technical and legal framework to the Regulation and in the meantime ensure a sound management of the legal proceedings related to the currently existing Directive on e-signature and, upon adoption, to the eIDAS Regulation, as well as provide feedback to both the legislative discussion on the new legal framework for eIDAS as well as to the activity to complete such a framework.
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 the policy and standardisation activities needed to complete such a framework. This activity will include in particular infringements and complaints' handling; co-managing the EU Trusted Lists; handling notifications (e.g., art. 11 of the eSignature Directive); following up new technical national laws (Directive 98/34/EC); following up the standardisation mandate for the rationalisation of standards (e.g., current mandate m460 on eSignature); liaising with national supervision authorities (e.g., currently via FESA - the Forum of European Supervision Authorities); supporting the approximation of 3rd countries legislation and UNCITRAL to EU legislation; fostering international dialogue and cooperation, in particular to promote "internationalisation" of EU standards.
 Directive 1999/93/EC on a community framework for electronic signatures ("e-signature Directive")
 Set up by Commission Decision (2009/767/EC) setting out measures facilitating the use of procedures by electronic means through the ‘points of single contact’ under Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market
 Article 11 - Notification
1. Member States shall notify to the Commission and the other Member States the following:
(a) information on national voluntary accreditation schemes, including any additional requirements pursuant to Article 3(7);
(b) the names and addresses of the national bodies responsible for accreditation and supervision as well as of the bodies referred to in Article 3(4);
(c) the names and addresses of all accredited national certification service providers.
In line with the Treaty of the European Union, the Task Force needs to ensure, on behalf of the European Commission, the correct application of the existing legal framework (currently Directive 99/93/EC on e-signatures).
In this regard, it is worth underlining that 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.
Adoption of ETSI signature formats by all EU public services
Timeframe: following the entry into application of the Regulation
Candidate countries' legislation approximation ready (shared indicator with DG CNECT.D1 / DG ENLARG)
Timeframe: End 2014
United Nations soft law compatible with EU legislation
Timeframe: end 2014