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Software602 hosted one of the key meetings of ETSI Technical Committee

The final version of rules for certification authorities has been established in Prague. Experts on trusted electronic documents from the whole EU came to Prague to attend a meeting of a...

4.5.2015 / Novinky

The final version of rules for certification authorities has been established in Prague.

Experts on trusted electronic documents from the whole EU came to Prague to attend a meeting of a Technical Committee of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). The purpose of the meeting was to establish the final wording of technical specifications for the work of qualified certification authorities. Software602 experts, who have been involved in the workgroup for a long time, also participated in the discussion.

The Prague meeting is a part of a long-term program during which detailed technical specifications are created that will serve as a basis for the European regulation, eIDAS. This regulation has been already adopted and will gradually come into effect in the course of the next two years. It will bring a unified environment for the whole EU with unified rules for creating, validation, handing over and archiving of electronic documents. As a result, anyone who signs documents in compliance with the rules (or anyone who receives such a document) will be guaranteed that no public authority in any EU country may refuse it. The eIDAS regulation also covers other areas, such as electronic identification (electronic identity documents, etc.) and trusted systems for exchange of electronic documents (the area that includes also Data Mailboxes).

A significant part of the Prague meeting was related to qualified certification authorities. The experts considered comments on document proposals and decided which ones to incorporate. After the approval and publication procedures are finished, the resulting wording will be binding in the whole EU. The following documents have been given the final form:

  • Requirements on general rules for trusted services providers
  • Rules and security requirements on trusted services providers who issue time stamps
  • Protocols on attachment of time stamps and time stamp profiles
  • Certificate profiles (five documents in all, covering various certificate types).

The Prague meeting was also a social event. The ceremonial opening included speeches by Michal Rada from the Ministry of the Interior and Jan Petr, the executive director of Software602.

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