Digital Single Market
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Action 83: Propose a Council and Parliament Decision on mutual recognition of e-ID

The legislative proposal on Electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market was adopted in June 2012, coupled with eID following the Single Market Act.

Action 83 on the mutual recognition of electronic identification has been merged with Action 8 on the revision of the eSignature Directive to provide a comprehensive and predictable legal framework in view of boosting user empowerment, convenience and trust in the digital world. As indicated in the Digital Agenda Progress Report 2011, these actions will encourage innovation and competition as well as making it easier for small e-business players to access the scale economies of the electronic market place.

What is the Problem? Need to eliminate barriers to cross-border electronic services

There is no comprehensive EU cross-border and cross-sector framework for secure, trustworthy and easy-to-use electronic transactions that encompasses electronic identification and trust services. At EU level, a legal framework exists only for e-signatures (Directive 1999/93/EC) but not for e-identification (eID) nor for other trust services.

eID technologies and trust services (including eSignatures) are essential for all kinds of online transactions. However, barriers to cross-border secure electronic services exist and need to be eliminated in order to enable citizens and business to fully benefit from the digital single market.

Why the EU action is required? Open the door to new business opportunities

Boosting trust and confidence in the digital world as well as user convenience are essential prerequisites to stimulate further use and development of the digital single market. Accessing cross-border online services will favour travelling, working and studying across the Union. This will offer new business opportunities for providers of trust services and products as set out in the Europe 2020 strategy.

What has the Commission done so far?

The Commission proposed a comprehensive legal framework which includes consistent and coherent provisions on electronic identification and trust services in order to overcome the deficiencies of the current eSignatures Directive and to provide legal measures on cross-border mutual recognition and acceptance of national eIDs thereby contributing to making Europeans enjoy all the convenience and benefits of the online world.

The Commission adopted the proposal for a Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market, in June 2012.

The proposal will contribute to unlocking the potential offered by the internet revolution. It will provide a trustworthy, secure and predictable environment that will make it possible the development of cross-border secure services and business opportunities. This will create growth and jobs ensuring that enterprises and citizens fully enjoy the opportunities provided by the digital economy in order to achieve a digital single market.

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How can governments better support the enterprises? Is the reduction of administrative burden enough or we can do more?

In the current times of economic crisis businesses not only struggle to grow but even to survive. They need an environment that favours their development.

Which actions and policies can the public sector set up to provide such an environment? Creating service infrastructure? Providing consultancy service to expand and internationalize their business? Developing One Stop Shop services?

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Brussels, Avenue de Beaulieu 33, meeting room 0/54

These questions (and more) are at the center of the workshop Public Services for Businesses: recipes for supporting growth, that follows up to the Digital Agenda Assembly workshop "Going Smart and Accessible in Public Services and Cities", held in Dublin last 19th June 2013. It is organized by Tech4i2 on behalf of the European Commission.

7 high-profile speakers will present the key lessons learnt from international best practice. Representatives from the public sector, practitioners, experts and other stakeholders will gather together in this one day workshop to identify policy options to be proposed and adopted by the public administrations across Europe.The discussion will start from real cases and experiences and take into account 4 key areas already identified:

• Ease of use of online services and reduction in administrative burdens
• Non-regulatory support for SMEs
• Public procurement
• Support for cross border trade and internationalization

Registration is free on a first come first served basis.

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This meeting is a one-day event organised by SSEDIC in Paris the day before the The European e-Identity Management Conference 2012 in cooperation with EEMA and other identity initiatives, projects and partners. Many European funded projects are working on the challenging topic of e-ID and each one is devoting an enormous amount of effort and time to their own activities and focussing on achieving their goals. The SIIIC intention is to give to all projects the added value of sharing knowledge and results for collaboration and exchange of views with others in the same space, and working in a collaborative way for giving to the European Commission the best result. This conference provides each organisation or project with the opportunity to give an overview on their current activities and future plans; additionally a substantial amount of time will allocated to networking and collaboration, with space for practical workshops which can be arranged in an impromptu way or a more planned approach.
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Innovation Campus, Paris, France
The event will provide insight into the results and the future follow-up of the PEPPOL project. Interested parties will be provided with examples of pilot achievements and other first-hand information about PEPPOL. The aim is to show decision makers of the European Commission, Member States, public sector entities, suppliers and service providers the long term sustainability of PEPPOL through specific initiatives. As part of the Large Scale Pilot projects (LSPs) of the European Commission, PEPPOL is building the basis for seamless cross-border eGovernment services in the single market, to realise the goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The LSPs were created under the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme (ICTPSP), a part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) of the European Commission. The CIP ICTPSP aims at stimulating smart sustainable and inclusive growth by accelerating the wider uptake and best use of innovative digital technologies and content by citizens, governments and businesses. It provides EU funding to support the realisation of the Digital agenda for Europe. You can now register on-line!
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Rome, Italy


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