European Council adopts new rules for electronic identification

On July 23rd, 2014 the Council of the European Union announced its adoption of new guidelines that set conditions for the mutual recognition of electronic identification as well as other factors governing electronic transmissions.

One of the aims of the regulation is to create easier and more secure cross-border transactions.

It provides a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between businesses, citizens and public authorities. Member states may join the mutual recognition system as soon as the necessary implementing acts are in place, which should occur in the second half of 2015. The mandatory mutual recognition is expected to kick off in the second half of 2018.

For more information on the new rules, please refer to the full press release here:http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/trans/144112.pdf 

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