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EU Member States provide insight into eIDAS and electronic signature adoption

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Having sufficient trust in digital processes, whether authenticating yourself with your local public authority or accepting the legal validity of a document is the key to human-centred, inclusive and widespread digital transformation.

At the same time, trusting an administrative or legal document or process in another country is even more difficult for citizens, businesses and public administrations.  

The Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (known as the eIDAS Regulation), is one of the reasons that the European Union is leading the way in ensuring trust in digital processes across borders.

In addition to interconnecting national electronic IDs, the eIDAS Regulation creates a European internal market for Trust Services - namely electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamp, electronic delivery service and website authentication - by ensuring that they will work across borders and have the same legal status as their traditional paper based equivalents.

The European Commission closely monitors the implementation of the eIDAS Regulation through regular dialogue with the Member States. Below you will find some highlights from 2019 concerning the status of implementation following surveys completed by representatives of participating countries (the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway):

  • 33% of all participating countries allowed the usage of e-signatures and e-seals in their national e-government one-stop-shop portal;
  • 77% of all participating countries fully implemented eIDAS into their national law;
  • The public sector and government institutions (31%) or banking (24%) led sector-specific reuse of e-signatures with lower levels in other sectors, such as energy (4%) or notarial and judicial (6%).

Of all the participating countries, 26 provided insights into which technology was used to create electronic signatures, with smartcards the most popular (39%), followed by remote signing (22%) and USB tokens (19%). Alternatives consisted of SIM card-based solutions (7%), tokens (7%) and other technologies (6%).

This infographic expands on these figures, looking at the status of eIDAS implementation in 2019.

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These figures demonstrate encouraging trends on the use of Trust Services in the internal market. And while there is still work to do to see Trust Services permeate all sectors and policy domains, many European administrations, businesses and citizens are benefiting from trusted digital processes, even across borders.

The European Commission provides the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eSignature Building Block to help projects and organisations create electronic signatures in-line with the eIDAS Regulation.

It provides the DSS open-source library for the construction of signing solutions; the Trusted List Browser, helping you find a Trust Service Provider; e-signature validation tests and a dedicated service desk (including a support desk for the closed community of national TLSOs).

Last updated on  Mar 18, 2021 10:59

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