null Position paper on the revision of the eIDAS regulation

CSC supports the Commission's ambition to create an interoperable eID that works in every Member State. A common European eID would facilitate the functioning of the Single Market and improve access to public services. It could also support education and research by making strong authentication easier and thus supporting remote learning and academic mobility as well as making research infrastructures more accessible. A European e-identity would also enhance digitalisation and support the objectives of the Green Deal.

In the research and education sector, functioning solutions for authentication, such as eduGAIN, have existed already for a long time. There is no need to reinvent the wheel in every sector, but rather the new eID should support the existing structures. A common eID could especially support the strong authentication of people when they are entering the research and education sector. Also strong authentication of researchers could be improved by the eID or the development of eIDAS.

The current eIDAS regulation has good intentions but unfortunately the implementation lags behind. The Commission should focus on harmonising the practices and interpretation of the regulation. Only 15 of 27 Member States offer cross-border eID under eIDAS. CSC supports the idea of creating a secure European e-identity, proposed by the Commission President von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address. In order for the eID to work properly, it must be available and accessible in all Member States.