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E-Identification (eID) working group

Background

On 25 October 2012 the European Commission made a proposal for a ‚ÄúRegulation on electronic identification and trusted services for electronic transactions in the internal market" (COM(2002)238). The proposal aimed at creating a new regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities, in order to increase the effectiveness of public and private online services, e-business, e-commerce and e-government within the EU. In particular, the Regulation provides for:

 

 

 

  1. the introduction of common rules and practices for e-signatures and related online trust services across borders , by revising the Directive 1999/93/EC and adapting  the current legal framework to the emerging digital environment
  2. the introduction of the mutual recognition and acceptance principle for eID, according to which Member States accept to recognize national eIDs which the Commission has been officially notified to the Commission

Impact and Opportunity

The Regulation aims at guaranteeing the mutual recognition and acceptance of eID means used in different EU Member States. However, some of its provisions are of concern:

  1. whilst the principle of technological neutrality is to be welcome, only very general conditions are set for the purpose of mutual recognition, without any specific requirements
  2. no EU supervision on the full respect of those conditions and entire entrustment on individual MS
  3. following notification, an automatic mutual recognition effect of any eID scheme falling there under

Objectives

The Working Group will:

  1. follow the decision-making procedure of the proposal
  2. analyse relevant EP committees’ and Council’s reports/documents and their impact for PPOs
  3. identify opportunities for intervention
  4. seek to reach (common) opinions on the subject matter and/or propose papers and other associated material for advocacy at PostEurop level

Updated: 17 December 2013

  
Chair
Giovanni Brardinoni
Poste Italiane S.p.A.
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Vice-Chair
Setra Rakotomavo
Le Groupe La Poste
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