European citizens often face barriers when using online tools and services. In a functional digital single market, there will be fewer barriers and more opportunities: it will enable people and businesses to trade and to innovate freely. They can do so legally, safely, securely and affordably, which in turn will make their lives easier.
However, the insufficient cross-border interoperability of national eIDs prevents citizens and businesses from benefitting fully from the digital single market. This is where eIDAS aims to.
The eIDAS regulation provides a solution to these issues by ensuring the cross-border mutual recognition of eID means. It enables a network of trust service providers enabling Citizen-to-Business-to- Government secure and trusted electronic service provisioning.
More specifically this regulation provides a legal framework for the use of eIDs and trust services on advanced electronic signatures and seals in cross-border digital transactions.
The eIDAS Ecosystem
One of the major objectives of the eIDAS regulation is to enhance trust in electronic transactions in the EU's internal market by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between citizens, businesses and public, cross-border authorities, in order to increase the effectiveness of public and private online services, electronic business and electronic commerce in the Union.
The aim of this Regulation is to ensure that for access to cross-border online services offered by Member States, secure electronic identification and authentication is possible.
Benefits of using eIDAS
Examples of benefits using eIDAS, are the follows: • More security and trust in cross-border electronic transactions • eIDAS will allow transparency and standardization in the market • Big reduction of red tape for business, increasing profits. For example, in Estonia you can set up a limited liability company in just 18 minutes using an eID complying with eIDAS! • Guarantee accountability • Expanded number of services accessible for European citizens
How will LEPS benefit ATHEX’S processes
LEPS project will demonstrate the usability of eIDAS specification in the private sector, contributing to connecting the IT infrastructures of the online services provided by private services providers, with the eIDAS eID common services. One of the main benefits of LEPS is to reduce costs for private online service providers for their back office customization and connection to eIDAS infrastructure based communication with different tools and services using eIDAS compliant infrastructure In this way, a European citizen can get access to protected online service offered by a service provider from a different country of the citizen country.
Especially with respect to the Athex-Sign Service, an oline service offered to European citizens in order to sign on the go, the benefits are being summarized as follows:
- The limitation of the required original identity documents as well as the need of physical presence for the new user at the Registration Office of the service.
- The speed-up and the ease of use of the registration process especially for users abroad.
- The promotion and further advertisement of the ATHEX Digital Signature services especially in the international users and therefore, the expansion of the customer base of the Service
- The minimization of the internal resources needed for the operation of the service with respect to the potential users, coming from the eIDAS network.
Through AxiaWEB, it is allowed to any European Union citizen – investor to register and login via eIDAS, in order to see his/her position in the Greek Central Securities Depository. LEPS will help AxiaWEB service regarding the following issues:
- The delay and overhead reduction of opening new accounts, for users coming from eIDAS with existing eIDs.
- The minimization of the internal resources needed for the operation of the service with respect to the eIDAS users.
- Further automation of the registration process of the service.