Regulation (EU) 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC enters into application on 1st July 2016. Chapter III of Regulation (EU) 910/2014, which lays down the rules on Trust Services, i.e. electronic signatures, electronic seals, electronic time stamps, electronic registered delivery services and website authentication, will apply directly in the 28 EU Member States. According to Article 25.3 “A qualified electronic signature based on a qualified certificate issued in one Member State shall be recognised as a qualified electronic signature in all other Member States”.
According to the European Commission’s intention, public services can be implemented faster and more effectively by using the already existing solutions and generally available services, including also by drawing on the experience of other Member States.
The cross-border validation of qualified signatures using the TSLs is possible with the aid of trusted validation services available on the market. If the need arises to validate a foreign electronic signature, the applicant should contact a local trusted services provider, who will indicate the appropriate software or service enabling him/her to perform the validation.