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EEMA (the independent, European not-for-profit association for e-Business), together with the European Commission and other contributors, will be investigating the legal issues surrounding the European Electronic Signatures Directive, at a workshop to be held on November 25 – 26 2002 at Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke (Landwell) offices in Brussels.

The workshop, open to all parties with a legal interest in Electronic Signatures, will explore the work carried out by EEMA and the industry over the past 12 months, with an examination of the state of the Directive within each European Member state, an update of accreditation schemes, live examples of three applications successfully using electronic signatures (e-contracts, e-government and e-invoicing), and the chance to discuss the Directive with the European Commission a year after its implementation.

The feedback given by delegates to the European Commission will be used in the EC review of the Directive to be submitted to the European Parliament and Council of Administration in April 2003.

The workshop will be led by Jos Dumortier (professor at K.U. Leuven University in Brussels, and chair of EEMA’s legal interest group), with contributions from Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke (Landwell), tScheme, Allagraf, Isabel, Bremen Online Services, the European Commission and others. A panel of legal experts and a panel of technology experts will be there to scrutinize the presentations and provide input and feedback throughout the two days.

To view the full programme and register to attend, visit

About EEMA –

EEMA, founded in 1987, is the leading independent, European not-for-profit e-Business association, pushing forward the boundaries of e-commerce, technology and legislation.
Its numerous Interest Groups, workshops, conferences and seminars each specialise in areas of current concern, to educate and inform its member companies on latest developments and technologies, at the same time enabling members of the association to compare views and ideas.
Working closely with governmental bodies, standards organisations and e-Business initiatives throughout Europe, EEMA is an instrumental force in moving European business towards working electronically. Visit or contact EEMA at or +44 1386 793028.

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 accepted in legal proceedings. 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.

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