From 29 September 2018 onwards, the European Union’s Electronic Identification and Trust Services Regulation (eIDAS) will apply directly in its entirety in the European Union. Now it is up to businesses as well as European citizens to take advantage of this revolutionary way of using electronic identification throughout the EU and doing business across borders. The eIDAS for SME pilot helps SMEs to discover eIDAS and how it can benefit their businesses, such as by creating more efficient business processes. The pilot includes webpages, webinars, a checklist and many other useful material.

The European Commission has commissioned a study and a pilot to lead eIDAS for SMEs, a cutting-edge campaign focusing on the power and potential of eIDAS, particularly for cross-border trade and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through a hosts of videos, infographics, sector-specific use cases, an interactive training toolbox and a series of cutting-edge, exploratory webinars, SME leaders, policymakers and other digital experts are invited to discover and learn about the latest developments and emerging opportunities of electronic identity (eID) and trust services.

eID provisions and the related “trust services” created by the regulation will dramatically increase the level of security for cross-border transactions for businesses and offer many other benefits, including lower administrative burden, more efficient business processes, significant reduction in costs, increased profits, safer transactions and increased consumer trust.

The first eIDAS for SMEs webinar will convene online on 06 September 2018 at 13h00 CET under the theme Using eIDAS for Business. Among the highlights will be a formal presentation and official launch of eIDAS for SMEs, an interactive platform built to help SMEs and other businesses adopt and use the new services.

Register for the webinar on 6 September 2018.

Subsequent webinars will explore such diverse themes as how eID will benefit businesses (13 September 2018), trust services for businesses (27 September 2018), and eID and trust services in financial services (11 October 2018), online retail (25 October 2018), transport (07 November 2018) and professional services (15 November 2018) sectors. For more information, visit the eIDAS for SMEs webpage.

About the eIDAS Regulation

The eIDAS Regulation (Regulation 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market) sets a framework for electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European single market. It is a milestone to provide a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities.

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