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."