Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 as regards establishing a framework for a European Digital Identity

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Publication Date 03/06/2021
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 3 June 2021, introducing amendments to Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 to address the establishment of a framework for a European Digital Identity.

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Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 - also known as the Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS) Regulation - created a new system for secure electronic interactions across the European Union (EU) between businesses, citizens and public authorities. Since then, a new market environment emerged where the focus shifted from the provision and use of rigid digital identities to the provision and reliance on specific attributes related to those identities.

An assessment on the functioning of the eIDAS Regulation revealed that it fell short of addressing those new market demands. The European Digital Identity - based on the revision of the existing one - is aimed at improving the percentage of EU citizens able to use a digital ID solution to access key public services by 2030. Citizens and residents should also have full confidence on the framework offering the means to control access to their digital twin and data. This also requires a high level of security when it comes to digital identity provisioning - including the issuing of a European Digital Identity Wallet - and the infrastructure for the collection, storage and disclosure of digital identity data.

This initiative was tabled by the European Commission on 3 June 2021, in the framework of its Digital Compass strategy. It was accompanied by a Recommendation inviting Member States to establish a common toolbox aimed at launching preparatory work immediately. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach to the proposal on 6 December 2022. The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed a negotiating position on 23 March 2023. Following a provisional agreement on the core elements of the final text on 29 June, a full informal agreement between between the co-legislators on a compromise text was reached on 8 November.

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