Creation date: September 22, 2015
The European Union will co-finance 20 projects addressing the cross-border interconnection of electronic identification (eID) services in Europe. The €5.5 million investment comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme in the sector of telecommunications. It will help EU Member States with the roll-out of technical infrastructure to create interoperable, pan-European eID services under the recently completed eIDAS legal framework.
As a result, there will be fewer burdens on citizens, public administrations and businesses: they will be able to access efficient and secure online services. With eID, many more activities can be done easily online without losing time and money: no endless queues to get a stamp or countless paper forms to fill in. Boosting trust in e-services and ensuring that different systems can ”talk” to each other across Europe are part of the Digital Single Market Strategy presented by the European Commission in May.
The CEF Telecom funding is essentially dedicated to Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) delivering networked cross-border services for citizens, businesses and public administrations. Supported projects will contribute to improving the competitiveness of the European economy, promoting the interconnection and interoperability of national, regional and local networks and access to these networks, thus supporting the development of a Digital Single Market. CEF Telecom has an overall budget of €1.14 billion (2014-2020).
The eID projects will be managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), working together with project beneficiaries across the Member States and under the auspices of the Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission.