Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

02. What next for e-Identity and e-Signatures?

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Room L (Bordiau Hall, 1st floor), 16/06/2011 (10:00-13:30)

e-ID and e-Signatures are key assets for the digital single market. Live demos of current EU pilots will kick off the brainstorming on how eID and e-Signatures can work in practice and what is needed to enhance their cross-border use.

This workshop is related to Key Actions 3 and 16 of the Digital Agenda .


Electronic identification and eSignatures are key assets for the digital single market. Live demos of pilots developed by Large Scale Pilots STORK, PEPPOL and SPOCS will kick off the brainstorming on how eID and eSignatures can be used in practice throughout Europe and for different areas. The feedback from the audience on their usability and missing aspects will introduce the first session dedicated to the citizen/consumer and business perspective. From the business' point of view take up of eID and eSignatures is one of the core issues to be discussed. eID key aspects such as the cross-border and cross-sector use, liability and the free access to authentication need to be considered. The identification of stumbling blocks to mutual recognition of eIDs across Europe should help both, to fill current gaps and to analyse the elements needed to ensure their EU-wide use. The question whether all citizens should have a right to have an eID issued and possible alternatives will be also a topic. Policy options for eID and eSignatures will be discussed in session 2. Representatives of European institutions will have their say on possible legislative measures to ensure trust, security and data protection. Benefits for the civil society and challenges to be faced need also to be addressed. Legislative measures have to take into account also of the local dimension for which a right balance have to be found between a bottom up and top down approach. At discussion will be also data protection - for some perceived as a barrier for eID and eSignatures for others an asset.


Session 1 - eID/ eSignatures - What is in for citizens and businesses

  • Large Scale Pilots STORK, PEPPOL, SPOCS - Demos how eID and eSignatures work - Dinand Tinholt, with the support of Andre Hoddevik, Wendy Carrara and Lars Thölken
  • eID and eSignatures: 3 absolute imperatives for data protection? Luis Velasco (Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor)
  • eID: 3 main aspects to boost take up - Volker Reible (T-Systems, STORK Industry Group)
  • eSignatures: 3 key assets needed for the digital single market - Christiaan van der Valk (CEO-Trust Weaver)
  • Q&A - Moderator: Dinant Tinholt (Coordinator Large Scale Pilot SPOCS)

Coffee break

Session 2 - Policy options

  • Summary of the results of the public consultation - European Commission
  • 3 stumbling blocks to mutual recognition: How to fill the gap and elements/principles needed to ensure EU-wide use of national eIDs - Reinhard Posch (Rat der IT-Weisen)
  • Benefits for Civil Society: What are the 3 most important challenges? - Edgardo Maria Iozia (Member of the European Economic and Social Committee)
  • Local dimension: Bottom up and top down - 3 main ideas on where lays the balance? - Robert Bright (Member of the Committee of Regions)
  • Perfection or pragmatism: 3 fundamental elements to create trust in eID and eSignatures - Silvia-Adriana Ticau (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Wrap up in a nutshell - Peter Kustor (Federal Chancellery, Austria)
  • Q&A - Moderator: Frank Leyman (FEDICT, Belgium)

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Workshop results

Session organiser: Birgit WILDER (European Commission, ICT for Government and Public Services, Belgium)

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Last updated on 25/09/2012