Name of the solution: eSignature
Solution's owner: CEF Digital
Description: The CEF eSignature Building Block allows public administrations, businesses, and citizens to electronically sign any document, anywhere in Europe, at any time, in line with the eIDAS Regulation for e-signatures, e-seals and related services offered by Trust Service Providers.
Type of solution: Common service
eSignature implements the following:
|Principles||Interoperability layers||Conceptual model|
|✅ Openness||✅ Interoperability governance||✅ Security and privacy|
|✅ Technological neutrality||✅ Semantic interoperability|
|✅ User-centricity||✅ Technical interoperability|
|✅ Inclusion and accessibility|
|✅ Security and privacy|
|✅ Administrative simplification|
eSignature implements the following recommendations as explained below:
✅ Recommendation 4 | Principle 2: Openness
eSignature provides the Member States with the Digital Signature Software (DSS) open-source library to ensure that their eSignatures are created and verified in line with European legislation and standards.
✅ Recommendation 8 | Principle 5: Technological neutrality
As it encourages Member States to identify their needs and choosing the most appropriate way of enabling eSignatures, eSignature does not impose any technology specific solution.
✅Recommendation 10 | Principle 6: User-centricity
eSignatures functionalities can be used by citizens to access several public services, through different channels.
✅ Recommendation 14 | Principle 7: Inclusion and accessibility
eSignature can be seen as enabling the access to public services to all citizens, like for instance those with limited mobility.
✅ Recommendation 15 | Principle 8: Security and privacy
eSignature allows for the creation of secure and trustworthy electronic signatures.
✅ Recommendation 17 | Principle 10: Administrative simplification
By allowing for the use of electronic signatures, eSignature uses digital channels to simplify the delivery of public services and to reduce administrative burdens.
✅ Recommendation 21 | Interoperability Layer: Interoperability governance
In order to help service providers and public administrations test interoperability and conformity of the eSignature solutions, eSignature provides an electronic signature conformance checker, which verifies the conformity of advanced electronic signatures against the ETSI standards.
✅ Recommendation 22 | Interoperability layer: Interoperability governance
Thanks to services like the electronic signature conformance checker, eSignature tries to put in place an objective and common approach to assessing and selecting standards.
✅ Recommendation 32 | Interoperability layer: Semantic interoperability
The CEF eSignature encourages community driven development and updates of standards, hence involving a wide range of stakeholders in its maintenance and development.
✅ Recommendation 33 | Interoperability layer: Technical interoperability
The CEF eSignature building block is based on open specifications and standards.
✅ Recommendation 47 | Conceptual model: Security and privacy
eSignature complies with the Regulation on eID and Trust Services, thus ensuring secure and protected data exchange in public services.