LSPI-ILTC 2010 Logo
header image


EU Workshop on E-Identity


Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) Workshop on "Electronic Identity for Europe"


Electronic Identity (eID) is the backbone of modern communications and transactions in the digital world, as well as a key driver for the growth of the EU economy and the completion of the Digital Single Market. The latter, in effect, can only be accomplished when citizens from one Member State (MS) can easily and unobtrusively access services and use applications, including signing electronically, from any other Member State. In this way, the completion of a European digital single market is, to a very large extent, dependent upon an interoperable and functional eID mutual recognition system across Europe.


Despite the proliferation of identity management systems, the various political declarations and initiatives in this area, the plethora of research projects and the wide array of advanced eID technologies, the discussion on the necessary legal means through which to create an interoperable pan-European eID has not yet taken place. In addition, the processing and management of electronic identities is regulated – at the EU level - through principles, rules and concepts "borrowed" from different EU legal instruments (Data protection, eSignatures and Services Directives being the most relevant ones). As such, the main challenge posed to European electronic Identity is of a legal nature. In this regard, it is important to note that the technology necessary to enable an interoperable eID across Europe already exists and is being implemented,while legal interoperability is largely missing. It is the lack of legal harmonization and compliance in combination with the technical interoperable solution chosen that constitutes the most salient inhibiting factor preventing the cross border deployment of services based on electronic identity. A structured debate is thus necessary to promote consensus on viable legal solutions.


In this context, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS),within the framework of the 2011 LSPI Conference, is organizing a workshop which will focus on the legal framework that is necessary to set in place in order to accompany and enforce the already existing technological answers.


The workshop on Electronic Identity for Europe, based on work developed previously by the IPTS in this area, aims at raising consensus on the adoption of a broader perspective in framing the debate on the regulation of eID in Europe. In arguing that eSignatures, formal identities and public sector applications constitute only a part of a larger identity ecosystem for which there is no current regulatory framework, the workshop aims at proposing the idea of a specific and dedicated European legal framework for eID as the central theme for discussion.


The objective of the workshop is to focus on a broader picture, looking at how a full-scale European legal framework could regulate a cross-border, mutual recognition system of e-identification and e-authentication in the EU.


Click here to Read More (PDF file)


Click here to download the workshop programme (PDF File)



Organizer and Moderator


Norberto Nuno Gomes de Andrade


Information Society Unit

European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) 
Sevilla - Spain