EU Commission puts hope into new EU Regulation on e-Identification (eIDAS) - what for?
Cross border e-Identification was a missing link in Europe's digital market (there are still too many cross-border issues in Europe). Now this shall change with a new approach: A new EU REGULATION (EU) (No 910/2014) will repeal a 1999 Directive (No 1999/93/EC), introducing a Europe-wide - sorry EU-wide - e-Identfication framework.
Thereby, the EU Commission aims at:
(1) Building trust in the online environment as such -- as a key to economic and social development. As the Official Journal states: "Lack of trust, in particular because of a perceived lack of legal certainty, makes consumers, businesses and public authorities hesitate to carry out transactions electronically and to adopt new services."
(2) Enhancing trust in electronic transactions in the internal market by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between citizens, businesses and public authorities, thereby increasing the effectiveness of public and private online services, electronic business and electronic commerce in the Union.
(3) Delivering a comprehensive cross-border and cross-sector framework for secure, trustworthy and easy-to-use e-transaction -- an issue the former Directive 1999/93/EC somehow missed.
(4) Improving the interoperability of different market participants.
(5) Fighting the rise in cybercrime which has become a major obstacle to the virtuous cycle of the digital economy.
(6) Stepping forward to achieving a real European digital market by 2015, as required by the member states.
More on the new Regulation (full version of the EU Official Journal text)