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eSignature in Europe - where we do stand in Europe

V. Tilman and A. Esposito drafted a report on eSignature and interoperaibility 10 years after the publication of the European Directive. This paper gives a state of the art and addresses 6 recommendations.

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Community framework for electronic signatures

 The main piece of regulation at European level is the Directive 1999/93/EC. A summary of the Directive is available on EC webpages. It foresees among others that Member States shall notify the Commission of a series of information related to possible voluntary accreditation schemes, national bodies in charge of the accreditation and supervision and names of accredited certification service providers (notification status).

Besides that a number of standards were adopted by ETSI and CEN.

On 28 November 2008 the European Commission adopted an "Action Plan on e-signatures and e-identification to facilitate the provision of cross-border public services in the Single Market". End 2007, the EC published also 2 important studies related to interoperability:

 

Review of the e-Signature Directive

The European Commission announced the review of Directive 1999/93/EC on a Community Framework for electronic signatures. In the light of this review, ChamberSign adopted a Position Paper on 15 October 2010. The Position Paper stresses 10 issues that should be addressed and makes the following recommendations:

  • To set up a common European accreditation framework that would be transparent, efficient, accessible and flexible
  • To delete the public sector clause (article 3.7) of the electronic signature directive.
  • To set up a European supervision framework with guidelines and a mechanism for an exchange of best practices.
  • To adopt a coordinate approach for the delivery of certificate to legal person, to the concept of secure signature creation devices, to the quality  of mobile created e-signature, to the security requirements for signature algorithm.
  • To reinforce the role and competences of FESA to facilitate the coordination of supervision and accreditation policies.
  • To assess the need for a regulatory framework for trusted third party services based on PKI certificates.

 

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ChamberSign is a lobby organisation looking at the improvement of e-signature interoperability in Europe. If you face practical difficulties with using your e-signature abroad, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We analyse each case and when relevant we submit a claim to the European Commission and we follow up.