Europe is working actively to substantially improve cross-border interoperability. The objective of e-SENS in the e-Agriculture domain is to assist entrepreneurs in the food and agricultural sector in accessing all digitally available services. This can be achieved as seamless authentication with notified national tools is becoming possible and accessible between European countries. To gain broad deployment, a working infrastructure is needed that links national authentication solutions in a smart way.


Piloting scenarios

Under the pilot, a farmer living in a border area will be able to log in and use the services available on the neighbouring country’s agricultural portal. This will be made possible by an authentication system which uses and verifies the farmer’s e-ID from his or her own country. After the initial registration of a farmer, there will be no need to apply for specific means of authentication to the foreign portal, so administrative burdens will be reduced and the login process will become significantly less complex. After logging in, farmers can apply digitally for all relevant services and comply with all regulations – a total of approximately 150 services and regulations.

Example use cases:

A cross-border farmer from a German border area can authenticate himself/herself using his own e-ID to log in to the Dutch agricultural portal. He can access all digitally available services, such as applying for European agricultural subsidies, and can comply with agricultural regulations in such matters as the registration of cattle.

The eAgriculture pilot is being conducted across three EU countries (Germany, Austria, Netherlands), and two use cases have been implemented in reality:

  • A German cross border farmer can authenticate himself/herself using the German Personalausweis (Identity card) to apply for Netherlands Enterprise Agency services at Mijn.RvO.nl.
  • An Austrian person can authenticate himself/herself using the Austrian Bürgerkarte (Citizen Card) to apply for Netherlands Enterprise Agency services at Mijn.RvO.nl.


View the use case leaflet

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An important component of the e-SENS project is authentication. Without a state-of-the-art authentication system, it will not be possible to provide citizens and businesses with secure and reliable access to services. In turn, interested parties will not gain confidence in the online services, and so the use of the LSPs and e-SENS building blocks will be stalled. The development of a secure and reliable EU-wide infrastructure will help build this confidence and facilitate such state-of-the-art authentication. The availability of a technical connection between the centralised and decentralised/middleware countries is an essential precondition, as this will provide all citizens of all Member States – without exception – with secure and reliable access to online services from other country using their own national e-ID.

Regulation (EU) no 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC

Added value

  • Removal of technical barriers to the use of e-Agriculture services in cross-border cases
  • No need to obtain a specific e-ID provided by the foreign country’s portal
  • Increased security of cross-border transactions
  • More time- and cost-effective processes for farmers