From 29 September 2018, public and semi-public organisations are obliged to enable all European citizens and enterprises to access their online services. More information
eIDAS, the pan-European login system
From 29 September 2018, all organisations delivering public services via the internet must provide universal online access for European citizens and enterprises
With the eIDAS project, the European Commission is seeking to make public services, such as issuing birth certificates or parking permits, accessible on line for the citizens of other EU member states.
So, for example, it’ll be easier for foreign students, expats, seasonal workers and others living in the Netherlands to make use of local public services. Instead of having to apply for a Dutch DigiD, they’ll simply be able to log in using their own country’s eID.
As well as private citizens, eIDAS is designed to make life easier for enterprises. With eIDAS, cross-border services can be delivered on line more conveniently and more securely. That means improved access to e-commerce, financial services (banking and insurance), health care, telecom services and more.
However, eIDAS is not only meant for citizens; companies can also benefit. Offering cross-border online services using eID increases user-friendliness and the online safety of services such as e-commerce, financial retail (banking and insurance), healthcare and services offered by the telecom sector.
eIDAS: One universal login for Europe
Just imagine travelling across Europe and needing a different passport in every country. The idea seems absurd.
Yet, in the electronic world, that’s exactly what it’s like. Before you can access an online service in another country, you’ve got to apply for a local login token. But not for much longer. When eIDAS comes in, any EU citizen will be able to use their own country’s login system to access public services in other member states.
Communicating about eIDAS
Check the communication-checklist for setting up your webpages.
It is important that your organization and website are easy to reach for European citizen and companies via eIDAS. They will have to know that with eIDAS they can login at your organisation and use their own European eID. To make sure we have an unambiguous appearance, you can use text and visuals that are designed for eIDAS. This way European users can easily recognize eIDAS login points.
Where does eIDAS stand?
The regulation has been started and a number of EU countries are well on their way to accepting eID´s from different EU countries.
The EU-member states have agreed that citizens from all 28 EU-member states can ultimately login to government services in other EU countries. They agreed on this with the eIDAS regulation. To make this possible, the government must ´notify´ an eID that is nationally used in that specific country. In doing so they are asking other countries to accept that specific eID.
How does this notification process work? And where do we stand right now?
Did you know that 52 percent of the Europeans access public services via internet?