The EU Trusted Lists benefits above all to the verification of advanced e-signatures supported by qualified certificates in the meaning of the eSignature directive as far as they have to include at least certification service providers issuing qualified certificates. Member States can however include in their Trusted Lists also other certification service providers.
Member States had to establish and publish their Trusted List by 28.12.2009 at least in a “human readable” form but were free to produce also a "machine processable" form which allowed for automated information retrieval. The Trusted Lists had to be made available by all Member States, including those who have no certification service providers issuing qualified certificates.
In order to allow access to the trusted lists of all Member States in an easy manner, we have centralised the publication of national "trusted lists".