eIDAS in the future Ministerial Declaration on digital government

13 June 2017

The Estonian presidency of the EU has entrusted the Lisbon Council (Brussels-based think tank) with the drafting of a set of proposals for next ministerial declaration on digital government. This declaration will be approved by EU ministers during the Tallinn summit on 6 October 2017. Civil society is invited to react on these proposals.

This draft declaration acknowledges the importance of eIDAS Regulation, which is considered a key piece of the legal framework fostering the development of e-government. Thanks to this Regulation, cross-border services can take place in a safer environment, for instance with the use of e-signatures and eIDs. The declaration addresses the following issues:
• The need to “assess and speed up” the implementation at national level of eIDAS Regulation.
• The use of eIDAS Regulation by the private sector should be encouraged. Thus, eIDAS protocols and standards could be licensed freely to the private sector in order to make available “usable, effective and trustworthy identification and authentication service” to a broader public. This could apply to online banking and other types of e-commerce.