New legislation and regulations at the European and national level are essential for companies activities.
Based in Brussels, Eurosmart is the gateway to the European institutions for its members. It promotes interoperable solutions, standards and quality, monitors the development of possible new applications for Smart Secure Devices and shares its expertise with these institutions to make the digital environment a safer place.
Eurosmart's role is to:
- inform its members about regulatory developments at the EU level and to offer them the opportunity to defend their position on the European scene;
- prepare and disseminate position papers;
- organise meetings with EU officials;
- position Eurosmart within consultative stakeholders groups and European projects on R&D and innovation.
Eurosmart especially has a key role to play in R&D at the EU level. The monitoring of R&D opportunities is indeed crucial to exploring future Smart Secure Devices developments and contributing to security and interoperability. In this respect, Eurosmart's objective is to contribute to the technological development and to share experience with other participants, by participating in Information Society Technology (IST) projects supported by the European Commission.
Eurosmart recently registered as the professional association representing the Smart Security Industry on the new European Register. In the context of the European Transparency Initiative, the European Commission opened a voluntary register to let citizens know which general or specific interests are influencing the European Institutions' decision-making process.
Eurosmart seized the opportunity to strengthen its visibility on the European scene and demonstrate its strong commitment to transparency and the full legitimacy of its activities.
2011: Eurosmart's contribution to the EC consultation on digital signature
Directive 1999/93/EC established a new legal framework on digital signature. Eleven years later, the digital signature has not been a success and it is not really used although the directive was implemented at the national level by all European Member States.
The reasons for this lack of success are listed and detailed into this position paper. With the coming digital agenda and the e-ID programs largely deployed in Europe, Eurosmart e-ID experts analysed the risks connected with e-ID. Some recommendations are made to avoid digital signature deployment & usage difficulties for coming e-ID.
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2010 : Eurosmart supports the EU-wide deployment of life-saving in-car e-Call system
On 4 May 2010, Eurosmart Chairman Marc Bertin signed the Memorandum of Understanding on e-Call - the in-car emergency call system - to support the EU-wide deployment of intelligent transport systems. Participating at the signature ceremony organised by the European Commission in Brussels, Marc Bertin declared: "The Smart Security Industry represented by Eurosmart has committed today to supporting the European Commission on the e-Call project and is proposing its expertise to contribute to the systems' interoperability, with the proper level of security".
2010: Eurosmart's representation at the EPC Cards Stakeholders Group
The GIE Cartes Bancaires organised a conference on 8 April in Paris. Lorenzo Gaston, as a representative of Eurosmart at the EPC Cards Stakeholders Group, gave a presentation in French entitled "Problématique de l'évaluation et de la certification fonctionnelles et sécuritaires au niveau européen".
2010: Eurosmart's contribution to the EC consultation on tachographs
Eurosmart took part in a consultation held by the European Commission on tachographs and open until 1 March 2010. Eurosmart's is keen to contribute to the definition of all applications that need security. In Eurosmart opinion, the smart card is the key element of the security of the current tachograph equipment, and like payment, identification and telecommunication application fields, this technology shall remain a key pillar of the global security of an innovative in-vehicle system that can be restricted to tachograph functions or enlarged to other off-line and/or on-line functionalities.
2008-2009: Eurosmart contribution to the EC consultation on the Internet of Things
Eurosmart took part in a public consultation held by the European Commission between September and November 2008. Stakeholders were invited to make comments on the Staff Working Document on the early challenges of the "Internet of Things". Contributions served for elaborating a Commission Communication on the Internet of Things that was adopted in June 2009.
Collaboration with Smart Card Associations
The Communication WG also facilitates international cooperation by developing links with other associations such as the ISCAN (International Smart Card Associations Network).
ISCAN was initiated by Eurosmart in Cartes 2001 when Smart Card associations expressed the need for a permanent exchange at an international scale through new ways of co-operation. These Smart Card associations gathered in April 2002 in New Orleans where they expressed their wish to strengthen this cooperation by launching a network: ISCAN. The founding charter was officially signed on November 4th, 2002 during Cartes and IT Security in Paris. ISCAN members meet twice a year and focus on a specific topic related to the smart card market.
Examples of projects:Smart Meiji project (2001-2003) to encourage the co-operation between Europe and Japan
SINCE project (2001-2004) to promote contactless technologies
SmartCord (2001-2003) to coordinate the Mechanism for a Smart Card Implementation Charter to structure and promote the eEurope Smart card initiative
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RESET project (2002-2003) to develop a technology roadmap
Smart IS (2000-2002) to develop a secure identification / authentication module
InspireD (2004-2006) to define and promote new standards for the smart cards and secure devices industry