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First private sector eID scheme pre-notified by Italy under eIDAS

European Commission 2017

The European Commission is happy to announce that Italy has pre-notified SPID (Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell'Identità Digitale), its private sector led electronic identification (eID) scheme.

In a letter from 24 November 2017 Marianna Madia, the Italian Minister of Public Administration and Simplification officially pre-notified the national eID scheme to Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip.

The pre-notification is the first step in a process that will enable Italian citizens and business to use their SPID credentials to access public services in other Member States. This will make cross-border interactions easier and more secure for Italian citizens and businesses. Italy is the second Member State to pre-notify its national eID scheme, following Germany's pre-notification which was completed last September.

The mutual recognition of eID schemes across Europe is mandated by Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (commonly known as 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. 

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 pre-notification of SPID covers 8 eID service providers, including 3 providers that issue eID means up to level of assurance "high".

Following the Italian pre-notification, the other Member States participating in the Cooperation Network will be able to peer-review SPID, if they wish so, and the actual notification of the eID scheme will then follow. After publication of the notification by the European Commission, other Member States have to recognise SPID eIDs at the latest 12 months after the publication.

Last updated on  Dec 13, 2017 16:58

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