The focus is on:
citizens' and businesses' expectations of EU rules on electronic signatures, identification and authentication;
- the ICT sector's view on how eSignatures can be best tailored to face the forthcoming challenges triggered by technological progress.
- the common set of principles which should guide the mutual recognition of eIdentification and eAuthentication in Europe, as well as considerations for economies of scale by allowing national eID systems;
- the potential contribution of research and innovation to the development of new eIdentification and eSignatures authentication.
The online consultation runs until 15 April 2011.
The results of this consultation will feed into the Commission's review of the existing eSignature directive and the preparation of an initiative on the mutual recognition of electronic identification and authentication.
The Commission is also already supporting a large scale pilot project called "STORK" (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed) to enable cross-border recognition of eID systems and easy access to public services in 18 European countries (for details).
The project aims to enable EU citizens to prove their identity and use national electronic identity systems (passwords, ID cards, mobile phones and others) throughout the EU, not just in their home country.