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EEMA - the European forum for electronic business - will bring together legal experts from more than 18 European countries at the QEII conference centre in London on September 25 to compare the differing interpretations and states of implementation of the European Electronic Signatures Directive, which should have been introduced into the law of each European country by July 19 2001.

At the full day meeting - which will take place the day before EEMA’s ISSE conference (Information Security Solutions Europe) - representatives from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will establish a clear view on how the Directive is being transposed in each member state, and what the practical consequences will be for the use of electronic signatures in Europe.

“With any European directive, it is only the objectives that are binding, and not the way these objectives are achieved” commented Jos Dumortier, the chair of EEMA’s legal work group and professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. “Consequently, each Member state is implementing the European Electronic Signatures Directive in different ways, and therefore, the interpretations of certain provisions of the Directive are divergent to say the least” he continued.

“It is already apparent that there will be various systems of supervision and accreditation within each country which will have a direct impact on certification authorities (CAs), certification service providers (CSPs), regulatory / supervisory authorities (RAs), vendors of PKI products and legal bodies amongst others, and it is also clear from what we have seen so far, that each European country is working to a different timescale for implementing the Directive into their national law. The objective of the meeting is to compare the differing timescales, interpretations and implications of the Directive, so we can understand and clarify the impact on the various affected parties.” he concluded.

EEMA will be using the information gained from the meeting to brief European Regulatory / Supervisory Authorities on the implications for them on October 1 in Milan, Italy. Any interested RA/SA should attend this free briefing session.

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The consequences of the Directive for CAs, CSPs, CAs, vendors of information security products, consultants, users and governments will then be discussed in a two day EEMA workshop to be held on November 29-30 in Brussels.

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At the third annual Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE) conference - - the European Electronic Signatures Directive and other security issues will be presented and discussed over three days by leading experts such as Patrick Van Eecke from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Bruce Schneier (author of Secrets and Lies), the UK e-Envoy Andrew Pinder and German Secretary of State - Ms Brigitte Zypries.

Organised by EEMA and TeleTrusT and supported by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, ISSE is broken down into four tracks; technology, infrastructure, application and threats and provides an independent, European focus on IT security issues.


About The European Electronic Signatures Directive

The European Electronic Signature Directive was introduced by the European Commission to ensure that electronic signatures (every kind of electronic authentication attached to, or logically associated with other electronic data) should be able to have the same legal validity as a hand-written signature. This could include biometric authentication, Message Authentication Codes (MAC), public key authentication schemes and even the typed name at the end of an e-mail. The resulting 'qualified' electronic signature needs to be based on a certificate that meets specific requirements and has to be generated with a secure signature-creation device.

About EEMA –

EEMA (the European forum for electronic business) is a non-profit organisation, formed in 1987 to provide a neutral platform for the whole spectrum of electronic commerce and business. EEMA has over 240 pan-European companies as members, spread over 20 countries, ranging from users, suppliers and government institutions.

EEMA’s aim is to bring together and improve the communications between all participants in Europe who wish to trade and communicate electronically, and to address industry issues on behalf of its members through the relevant international and governmental administrations. Through its interest groups, publications and conferences EEMA has been instrumental in moving European business towards electronic trading.

Note to press.

If you are interested in interviewing Jos Dumortier or finding out more about EEMA’s role and activities, please contact - direct tel. +44 1384 374008.

If you are interested in attending ISSE, please contact - direct tel. +44 208 910 7910.

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