The release of eID technical specifications - a major step towards the actual implementation of eIDAS and in making the mutual recognition of elDs across the EU a close reality.

Since the adoption of the eIDAS Regulation last year, Member States and the European Commission have been continuously working towards its operational implementation to ensure that the right foundations are laid to harness the potential of the Europe’s Digital Single Market.

As an Italian citizen, I will soon be able to access on-line a public administration in Slovakia and ask for official documentation with my electronic ID (eID), (provided that Italy will have notified one or more eID schemes by September 2018). Indeed as from September 2018, all Member States will be required to recognise all notified national eID means, which could be used across-boarders by citizens and companies to access online public services.

But how will all these different national systems be able to work across borders?

Besides a predictable legal framework (the eIDAS Regulation), we have now the implementing rules (the recently adopted acts on cooperation, the levels of assurance, interoperability framework and notification) to support the transparent and accountable mapping of the trustworthiness of existing and diverse national eIDs together with agreed operational and security specifications for interoperability. In short, national eIDs will be useable across national frontiers, even if the IT systems of the Member States concerned are not themselves compatible.

And even more importantly, we have published as open source the eID technical specifications to facilitate the operational use of interoperable cross border eIDs.

The release of a sample implementation of the technical specifications for the eIDAS interoperability framework within our target date is a great achievement. Member States may implement this version directly, or use it as a reference when testing other implementations of the technical specifications.

This is a major step towards the actual implementation of eIDAS and in making the mutual recognition of elDs across the EU a close reality.

Interested in how it works? Please read the information on the release of the eIDAS implementation.