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Preliminary study on mutual recognition of eSignatures for eGovernment applications

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The lack of mutual recognition of electronic signatures among the Member States has been recognised as one of the barriers in conducting business at the European level, namely in the area of public eProcurement. Therefore, an understanding of the current legal implications and requirements in terms of interoperability of electronic signatures is required. 
 
The project was completed in December 2009 and all deliverables are now available for consultation.

Last update: February 2010



Objective
  
The objective of the action is to analyse the requirements in terms of interoperability of electronic signatures for different eGovernment applications and services taking into account the relevant provisions of Directive 1999/93/EC of 13 December 1999 on a Community framework for electronic signatures and their national implementation as well as the midterm report on the Directive and the eSAP activities on the interoperability of electronic signatures (ETSI).
The study should provide per eGovernment application, and per Member State the type of electronic signature legally required, and the applicable technical restrictions. In addition, a proposal on how to publicise the results, e.g. through a mutual information mechanism on electronic signature requirements, should be provided.
Activities
  
With the support of a group of eSignature national experts, IDABC's contractor has done (in 2007):   
  • Prepare and run a questionnaire to national correspondents on the use of electronic signatures for eGovernment applications;
  • Analyse and assess the legal, organisational and technical similarities and differences among the 29 countries and derive the potential impacts and issues on eSignature interoperability or mutual recognition;
  • Make recommendations addressing the identified issues;
  • Propose a mutual information mechanism on electronic signatures requirement.

In 2009 an update will be conducted, for which the contractor will:

  • Conduct an update of the national information gathering activity (since the 2007 study). The countries to be included in this study are the 27 Member States, two Candidate Countries (Turkey and Croatia), and three EEA Countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway);
  • Update the analysis of the similarities and differences in the use of electronic signatures in eGovernment applications in each MS both in the legal context, and on the technical implementation aspects;
  • Assess the impact of the identified similarities and differences on the interoperability of eSignatures and hence of the eGovernment applications;
  • Update the information mechanism on electronic signature requirements.

For a broader view on the use of eSignatures in electronic documents, please also consult the 2009 Study on electronic documents and electronic delivery.

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 Achievements

Study eSignatures for eGovernment applications (2009)

The interactive webpage with results of the study has been updated.

eSig-Web within the IDABC web site enables anyone who is interested in the results of the study, to browse through the identified eGovernment applications that use eSignatures.

The Final Report on "Analysis, Assessment and Impact on interoperability" is now available:

PDF[1.331 Kb]

32 National Profiles are available :

ATPDF[446 Kb]
BEPDF[303 Kb]
BGPDF[252 Kb]
CYPDF[361 Kb]
CZPDF[360 Kb]
DEPDF[425 Kb]
DKPDF[205 Kb]
EEPDF[383 Kb]
ELPDF[296 Kb]
ESPDF[760 Kb]
FIPDF[302 Kb]
FRPDF[572 Kb]
HRPDF[366 Kb]
HUPDF[377 Kb]
IEPDF[319 Kb]
ISPDF[460 Kb]
ITPDF[321 Kb]
LIPDF[142 Kb]
LTPDF[376 Kb]
LUPDF[206 Kb]
LVPDF[259 Kb]
MTPDF[206 Kb]
NLPDF[313 Kb]
NOPDF[376 Kb]
PLPDF[414 Kb]
PTPDF[306 Kb]
ROPDF[252 Kb]
SEPDF[349 Kb]
SIPDF[842 Kb]
SKPDF[324 Kb]
TRPDF[343 Kb]
UKPDF[420 Kb]

Study eSignatures for eGovernment applications (2007)

29 National Profiles are available :

ATPDF[576 Kb]
BEPDF[461 Kb]
BGPDF[578 Kb]
CYPDF[608 Kb]
CZPDF[370 Kb]
DEPDF[499 Kb]
DKPDF[653 Kb]
EEPDF[441 Kb]
ELPDF[377 Kb]
ESPDF[613 Kb]
FIPDF[481 Kb]
FRPDF[369 Kb]
HRPDF[306 Kb]
HUPDF[1079 Kb]
IEPDF[429 Kb]
ITPDF[651 Kb]
LTPDF[495 Kb]
LUPDF[302 Kb]
LVPDF[374 Kb]
MTPDF[321 Kb]
NLPDF[322 Kb]
PLPDF[502 Kb]
PTPDF[438 Kb]
ROPDF[371 Kb]
SEPDF[454 Kb]
SIPDF[812 Kb]
SKPDF[422 Kb]
TRPDF[933 Kb]
UKPDF[397 Kb]

 


The "Preliminary study on the mutual recognition of eSignatures for eGovernment applications" is available for consultation :
EnglishPDF[1318 Kb]
 
The goal of the document is three-fold:
  • Identify and analyse the similarities and differences in the use of electronic signatures in eGovernment applications in each Member State both in the legal context and on the technical implementation aspects;
  • Assess the impact of the identified similarities and differences on the interoperability of eSignatures and hence the eGovernment applications;
  • Prepare conclusions and recommendations on addressing interoperability issues related to the mutual recognition of electronic signatures for eGovernment applications/services.  

The results of the study have been made available on an interactive webpage

eSig-Web within the IDABC web site enables anyone who is interested in the results of the study, to browse through the identified eGovernment applications that use eSignatures:

  • per Country
  • per Signature Type
  • per Token Type
  • per Document Type
  • per Sector

Key Data


Project start date
2005
Project completion date
2009
Project status
completed
IDABC budget
€ 660.000
Service in charge

Directorate General for Informatics, unit 0.1

Responsible action manager

STIENEN John

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Countries involved
All EU Member States
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