On Tuesday, 17 May the eID community got together to take stock of the latest developments and, even more importantly, to share ideas on how to move forward and accelerate the cross-border and cross-sector use of eID.

A little more than a year has passed since our last eID event ,on 31 March 2015, where representatives from the sharing economy, banks, insurance sector, etc. came together and identified the challenges and opportunities ahead after the adoption of the eIDAS Regulation.

The fruitful discussions during last year's event brought forward a number of key messages addressing the importance of trust, convenience and seamless user experience when carrying out on-line transactions.  Participants also highlighted the need for ensuring legislative alignment between eIDAS and other sector-specific rules, in particular AML4 (Anti Money Laundering Directive 4) and PSD2 (Payment Service Directive 2).

With these key messages in mind, last Tuesday we gathered again with a view to take stock of the latest developments and, even more importantly, to share ideas on how to move forward and  accelerate the cross-border and cross-sector use of eID.

What I retain from the inspiring contributions and fruitful discussions of last Tuesday is the willingness to progress together and the need for urgent concrete actions to make interoperable eID which can be used across sectors and across borders a reality.

As it was outlined, there is no magic solution yet but we have to strike a balance between innovation, new technologies and security. The concrete use cases which were presented showed that this is possible and all we need is collective work.

It was an intense day with a number of interesting examples, concrete use cases, exchanges and perspectives: and also a joint will to move forward.

If I had to sum it up in one word, I would say cooperation. We need to work together, all of us: Commission, Member States, national regulators, businesses, citizens, and we need to focus on concrete actions. We, at the Commission, will continue cooperating internally to deliver a consistent message, but also externally with our public and private stakeholders. Businesses will need to cooperate with national regulators and administrations to seize the opportunity to rely on the use of notified eIDs under eIDAS, thus enjoying the benefits of a true Digital Single Market. We have interesting times ahead of us, with a follow-up action plan to the Green Paper on retail financial services foreseen for later this year, with legal and technical specifications to be adjusted to a growing digitisation.

Moreover, we will work to deliver the actions proposed in the recent communications on e.g. eGovernment or on-line platforms where the need for interoperable eIDs is strongly emphasised.

We also look forward to an active and productive collaboration with the eIDAS Observatory. It will be launched on 30 June during the eIDAS high-level event "A big leap in the eIDAS journey: new trust services for a Digital Single Market" with the participation of Commission VP Andrus Ansip.