FutureTrust Project Supports Implementation of New eIDAS Regulation in Force from Today

EC-Funded Project Paves the Way for Global Interoperability of Trustworthy & Legally Significant Electronic Services and launches http://eID.AS portal

BRUSSELS, 1st JULY 2016 FutureTrust today announced that it is actively supporting the practical implementation of the new eIDAS Regulation which comes into effect across all 28 EU Member States today, replacing the 15-year-old eSignature Directive. The EC-funded project involves the design and development of innovative open source components and services complementing the eIDAS Regulation and integrating them with similar trust services from other regions worldwide.

Under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), the objective of FutureTrust is to ease the utilisation of eID and trust services, paving the way for global interoperability of trustworthy and legally significant electronic services. Through close collaboration the 16 project partners will support the practical implementation of the eIDAS regulation by:

  • Addressing the need for globally interoperable solutions through basic research with respect to the foundations of trust and trustworthiness, with the aim of developing new, widely compatible trust models or improving existing models.
  • Actively driving the standardisation process.
  • Providing Open Source software components and trustworthy services as a functional base for fast adoption of standards and solutions.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Schwenk, coordinator of the FutureTrust project, states:

“That the eIDAS Regulation is completely in force from today marks a major milestone for trust services and the progress towards a digital single market for Europe. The aim of FutureTrust is to support the practical implementation of eIDAS by demonstrating the positive business cases for the reliance on electronic signatures, sealing services, the long-term authenticity of data and documents and all with a focus on accountability, transparency, usability and last but not least security.”

The FutureTrust project partners are Ruhr University Bochum, ecsec GmbH, Arhs Spikeseed, EEMA, The Federal Computing Centre of Austria, Federal Office of Administration Germany, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, University of Southampton, Multicert, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Trustable Ltd., The Secure Information Technology Center, Public Service Development Agency, Tubitak, Lawtrust and Ministry of Interior Republic of Serbia.

The Brussels-based independent think tank – EEMA, is charged with the dissemination of information relating to the FutureTrust project across EU Member States and building an open community of people interested in eIDAS related matters.

We are pleased to launch the http://eID.AS portal today and hereby invite all subject matter experts, trust service providers, eID service providers, vendors and especially users of eIDAS related technologies to join the emerging eIDAS community.” Added Jon Shamah, Chair of EEMA.