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Draft Regulation on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market

4 June 2012

The proposal for a Regulation "on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market" was adopted by the Commission on 4th June 2012. The proposal will now go through the ordinary legislative procedure for its adoption by co-decision of the European Parliament and the Council.

The new framework for electronic identification and electronic trust services will:

  • Ensure mutual recognition and acceptance of electronic identification across borders;
  • Give legal effect and mutual recognition to trust services including enhancing current rules on e-signatures and providing a legal framework for electronic seals, time stamping, electronic document acceptability, electronic delivery and website authentication.

This proposal represents the first milestone in the implementation of the objectives of the Legislation Team (eIDAS) Task Force set up by the Commission in order to to deliver a predictable regulatory environment for electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market to boost the user convenience, trust and confidence in the digital world.