Progress Made in Notification of National eID Schemes

European Commission 2017


On 2 and 3 May 2017, the European Commission met with representatives from 17 EU Member States and with German experts on electronic identification in Berlin, Germany, as part of the peer review of the German eID function.

The meeting took place within the context of the notification process for the eID function which was initiated on 20 February 2017. Following the completion of the notification process, anyone who has activated the eID function of their ID card or electronic residence permit will be able to use the public administrative services of other EU member states online.

The eID building block, supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), primarily supports the Member States in the roll-out of the eIDAS Network (the technical infrastructure which connects national eID schemes). Service Providers (public administrations and private sector organisations) may then connect their services to this network, making these services accessible across borders and allowing them to enjoy the legal recognition brought by eIDAS.

The CEF eID building block is a set of services (including software, documentation, training and support) provided by the European Commission and endorsed by the Member States, which helps public administrations and private Service Providers to extend the use of their online services to citizens from other European countries. This is realised through the mutual recognition of national electronic identification (eID) schemes (including smartcards, mobile and log-in), allowing citizens of one European country to use their national eIDs to securely access online services provided in other European countries.


The mutual recognition of eID schemes across Europe is mandated by the eIDAS Regulation. The Regulation states that by 29 September 2018 all online public services requiring electronic identification assurance corresponding to a level of 'substantial' or 'high' must be able to accept the notified eID schemes of other EU countries. 

To discover how CEF eID is Connecting Europe visit CEF Digital now.




Last updated on  Jun 15, 2017 17:28

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