Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (248)

Michael McGrath

Question:

248. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if an electronic identification framework has been put in place in order to comply with the eIDAS Regulation (EU) 910/2014; the details of the framework; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13577/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The eIDAS Regulation (910/2014) on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market sets out to harmonise digital interoperability within the EU.

The electronic identification framework consists of a national access point called an eIDAS Node which allows EU and Irish citizens to use their notified eIDs to access public services.

My Department, led by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), is in the process of implementing a proof of concept to install and configure the national access point using the standard software building blocks provided by the Commission. The access point is currently being tested with other Member States and will then be integrated with national service providers. The expectation is that Ireland’s access point will be in place by the end of 2019 in order to be in compliance with the Regulation.

As the Deputy may be aware, a key aspect of the successful deployment of this initiative is each participating State having an e-ID infrastructure, hence the importance of SAFE 2 and MyGovID.