Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said:
These rules make it easier for citizens to access public services using electronic identification, such as e-signatures. The revision aims to improve its effectiveness, extend its benefits to the private sector and promote trusted digital identities for all Europeans and create a secure and interoperable European Digital Identity which gives citizens control.
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added
Activity of citizens and businesses increased during the pandemic, the revision of these rules will answer their growing need for simple, trusted and secure way to identify themselves online. Improving these rules will also provide the framework for offering competitive, convenient, and trustworthy digital identity services.
The evaluation will take into account the latest technological and policy developments, such as the increased reliance on doing business online.
The public consultation will be open until 2 October 2020, aiming to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders and citizens in order to evaluate the existing regulation. In parallel, targeted consultations with selected groups of stakeholders will be conducted. They will gather data and evidence on the impacts of specific elements of the possible revision.
The eIDAS Regulation, fully in force since 2018, is the first and most advanced cross-border legal framework for cross-border electronic identification, authentication and website certification within the EU. Since February, EU citizens and companies in eight EU Member States can use their national eID across the EU and as of next year, 55% of EU population will be covered.