the European Commission proposed a new and trusted way for a European Digital Identity

June 4, 2021

On June 3rd, 2021, the European Commission presented a framework for a European Digital Identity available to all EU citizens, residents, and enterprises in the EU. With the touch of a button on their phone, citizens will be able to authenticate their identity and exchange electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets. Also, they will be able to access online services with their national digital identification, which will be recognised throughout Europe.

“The European digital identity will enable us to do in any Member State as we do at home without any extra cost and fewer hurdles. Be that renting a flat or opening a bank account outside of our home country. And do this in a way that is secure and transparent. So that we will decide how much information we wish to share about ourselves, with whom and for what purpose. This is a unique opportunity to take us all further into experiencing what it means to live in Europe and to be European.”- Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age.

The European Digital Identity will be:

  • Available to everyone who wants to use it.
  • It will be widely useable.
  • All the users will be in charge of their data;

To reach this goal, the proposal was accompanied by a recommendation. The commission invites member states to create and implement a standard toolbox by September 2022. The European Commission asks to start necessary preparatory work immediately. This toolbox should include the technical architecture, standards and guidelines for best practices.

More information - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_2663

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