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European Federated Validation Service

EFVS
   

The lack of Cross-border recognition of eSignatures affects the users (whether administrations, businesses or citizens) of pan-European eGovernment services and applications, the impact of which is a limited usage of eGovernment or eBusiness services and applications.

A solution is needed that would be beneficial in terms of trust in electronic transactions performed in eGovernment or eBusiness applications, and in terms of the technical validation of the exchanged certificates. The European Federated Validation Service would constitute such a trusted platform that would provide trust in cross-border transactions involving the usage of eSignatures.

The project is completed and all deliverables are now available for consultation

 Last update: March 2010

 


Objective
Activities
Achievements
Key Data 

Objective

Cross-border recognition of nationally issued digital signatures for security of data exchange requires interoperability at legal, operational and technical levels. The framework for a European Federated Validation Service will provide a necessary tool for the establishment of Trust between different issuers of certificates and for the technical validation of eSignatures.

Activities
  
With the support of a group of eSignature national experts, IDABC's contractor will: 
• Conduct a study into available solutions for verification and validation of electronic signatures, by consulting application owners and practitioners operating Validation Services (2009/Q2);
• Describe the similarities and differences in the solutions found concerning the legal context, the organisational aspects, and the technical implementation aspects (2009/Q3);
• Recommend measures to be taken to enhance trust, recommend measures to resolve any identified legal and liability issues (2009/Q3);
• Derive and describe a framework for the validation of digital certificates (2009/Q4).

Achievements

  • The Final Report "Common Solution Model: Completion of the framework for Signature Validation Services" is now available:

PDF[808 Kb]

This report describes the following elements:

  • completion of the reference model
  • the framework required
  • a governance model for such framework

  • The Final Reports on "Analysis and Assessment of the solutions" and "Common Solution Model" are now available:

PDF[828 Kb]

PDF[545 Kb]

These reports describe the following elements:

  •  Similarities and differences in the solutions

    o Analysis and assessment of similarities and differences
    o Impact on interoperability
    o Legal and trust issues in an EU level validation platform

  • Recommendations on measures to be taken to enhance trust, and to resolve any identified legal and liability issues

    o Proposal for a common certificate validation
    o Proposal for an organisational structure
    o Proposal for a legal framework

  • 22 Solution profiles for verification and validation are now available :

 

@firmaPDF[590 Kb]

A-SIT SVSPDF[218 Kb]

BBSPDF[850 Kb]

CertiVerPDF[217 Kb]

CNUEPDF[205 Kb]

CoreStreetPDF[210 Kb]

CryptologPDF[210 Kb]

e-AppPDF[198 Kb]

eNotariusPDF[258 Kb]

FBCAPDF[505 Kb]

GTAPDF[252 Kb]

InfocertPDF[199 Kb]

MOA-SPPDF[211 Kb]

PEPPOLPDF[757 Kb]

PolitoPDF[221 Kb]

SafelayerPDF[295 Kb]

SignicatPDF[209 Kb]

SPESPDF[194 Kb]

TACARPDF[194 Kb]

TrustWeaverPDF[225 Kb]

TumbleweedPDF[491 Kb]

VPS/GovernikusPDF[592 Kb]

 

 

 

Key Data

Project start date

2008

Project completion date

2010

Project status

completed

IDABC budget

€ 620.000

Service in charge / Associated service

Directorate General for Informatics, unit 0.1

Project coordinator

STIENEN John

Contact

idabc@ec.europa.eu

Countries involved

All EU Member States

Further information:

IDABC work programme 2005-2009

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