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Applying for a permit or subsidy with eRecognition

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If you would like to do business with a Dutch government organisation digitally, you may need to login with eRecognition, a standardised login system. This is the case, for instance, if you want to apply for a permit or a subsidy.

More and more government organisations make their services available through eRecognition. It ensures they know with which company and with whom exactly they are dealing with, and also whether these people are authorised to act on behalf of that company. An eIdentity (EID) token (eHerkenningsmiddel), which you can purchase from recognised service providers, could be something like a username-password combination, SMS or token.

Checklist for purchasing an eRecognition token

Follow these steps if you want to purchase an eRecognition token in the Netherlands:

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Foreign businesses

Until now, foreign businesses only have limited access to Dutch government organisations using their own national eIdentity token. German and Belgian agricultural businesses, for example, can already access the National Enterprise Agency's (RVO) online service counter. However, in January 2017 RVO will start a project to increase the possibilities for foreign logins in the Netherlands. In the project 3 organisations are involved: RVO, CIBG (healthcare) and CJIB (executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security).

According to European law, all EU countries should be able to accept foreign (EU) e-Identifiers before September 2018. The RVO project will anticipate on this development.

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