Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC was published in the EU Official Journal on 28th August 2014.
The Regulation seeks to enhance 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.
One of the objectives of this Regulation is to remove existing barriers to the cross-border use of electronic identification means used in the Member States to authenticate. It does not aim to intervene with regard to electronic identity management systems and related infrastructures established in Member States.
It contributes to the real digital single market by ensuring that for access to cross-border online services offered by Member States, secure electronic identification and authentication is possible. The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The e-SENS building blocks of e-ID and e-Signature are based on and will support eIDAS as policy basis.