As part of the program called the Digital Agenda for Europe announced in 2010, the EU is working to build a digital single market. The main aim is to remove barriers to electronic commerce and all types of electronic transactions between the different European states, therefore creating a common space, free and safe for online interactions between citizens, companies and states in the European Union.
To achieve this goal, a series of laws have been drafted aimed at breaking down digital barriers and establishing the necessary legal bases for electronic transactions in a secure and reliable way.
One of these laws, specifically the Regulation (EU) Nº 910/2014 (eIDAS) on electronic identification and electronic trust services for electronic transactions, defines what are the trust service providers (sometimes called electronic trust services providers).
In this post we explain who these providers are and what they do.
This post is also available in Spanish.