Secure, trustworthy, easy and cheap online transactions are vital for a strong and healthy European Digital Single Market. To achieve these objectives, the Digital Agenda for Europe announced the revision of the eSignature Directive (1999/93/EC) and a Decision of the European Parliament and Council on the mutual recognition of eIdentification and eAuthentication. In this context, the Commission invited representatives from the public and private sectors and academia to a stakeholder workshop on 10 March 2011 to debate on what legislative measures are needed to address the challenges ahead. The objective of the workshop was to offer an interactive forum to exchange views and to confront different positions on the questions raised in the public consultation launched on 18 February.

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