E-Government services have significant potential to make public services more efficient for the benefit of citizens and businesses in terms of time and money. And while these benefits are increasingly being felt nationally, e-Government services still face administrative and legal barriers on a cross-border level, although pan-European projects like STORK have shown that technical issues of interoperability of electronic identifications can be overcome. In order to remove existing barriers for cross-border e-
ID based services the European Commission has proposed a draft regulation on electronic
identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market, which will replace the existing Electronic Signature Directive 1999/93/EC.