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eIDAS: electronic identification in the EU

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eIDAS is meant to ensure people and businesses can use their national electronic identification schemes to access public services online in other EU countries

Does your organisation use eHerkenning and/or DigiD? Or are you an entrepreneur from outside the Netherlands but inside the European Economic Area (EEA)? EEA residents, entrepreneurs and organisations should be able to log in with a recognised European means of electronic identification (eID) to make arrangements with public organisations or private organisations with a public task.

About eIDAS

To make it possible for businesses and citizens in the EU to use e-identifiction cross-border, the eIDAS regulation came into force. eIDAS stands for 'Electronic Identities And Trust Services'. eIDAS is meant to enable European citizens and businesses to access digital services in other European countries, further facilitating cross-border entrepreneurship. This means that European citizens will be able to access government services in EU countries other than their own using their own country's eIdentity system. This is only possible if the EU has approved the system.

Various EU countries are now rolling out their eIdentity systems. The Dutch eHerkenning system for businesses has already been approved by the EU. This means that Dutch companies and organisations can use eHerkenning to access government services in other EU countries.

Complying with eIDAS

You should enable European citizens and businesses to log in with their own country's eIdentification in case:

  • Your organisation serves the public interest (this includes government bodies, as well as pension funds and insurance companies)
  • Dutch companies can already log into your organisation with DigiD or eHerkenning.

For instance: A German driver gets a traffic fine in the Netherlands. He can log in with his German eIdentification ‘neuer Personalausweis’ with the Central Judicial Collection Agency, as this identification is a recognised European eIdentifier. He can now easily pay his fine or request the traffic enforcement camera photo via the digital counter.

Your organisation is responsible itself to implement eIDAS. If you do not, it is possible that European citizens and companies may take legal action against you. To provide access to European citizens and businesses, you should contact a certified company that handles eHerkenning. There are 6 such companies at present:

Find out more about eIDAS and the digital government (in Dutch).

If you have any questions or feedback relating to eIDAS, you can contact the digital government.

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