The eIDAS Regulation provides a predictable legal framework and ensures the cross-border mutual recognition of eID means in the EU.
Since 29 September 2015, following the adoption of the implementing acts on cooperation between Member States on eID, on interoperability framework, on assurance levels for eID means and on notification, EU Member States may, on a voluntary basis, notify and recognise national eID means that citizens and companies could use across borders to access online public services. As of 29 September 2018 the recognition of notified eID will become mandatory.
Furthermore, under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) the European Commission and EU Member States are rolling out the eID technical interoperability infrastructure and components to operationally support the cross border use of eID.
A Cooperation Network has been set up as a mechanism for cooperation between Member States in order to achieve interoperability and security of their eID schemes. It provides a forum with regular meetings, where Member States can exchange relevant information, experience and good practice.
In order to reap the full benefits of interoperable eID means, the private sector should be allowed and encouraged to integrate them in their business models/processes. The uptake of notified eID means – e.g. ID cards, bank cards, citizen cards – and of trust services can ease the digital transformation of organisations, enhance the customer experience, improve the security of electronic transactions and stimulate the provisioning of new and innovative services.
There are already a number of successful projects using national eID across borders, some of them even involving the private sector. Please tell us you own story so that we can all learn from each other's experiences and move forward together.