The European Council has adopted a new Regulation which lays down conditions for the mutual recognition of electronic identification across EU member states and sets rules for trust services. The Regulation  provides for member states to individually adopt national electronic identification schemes (such as a framework for electronic signatures) which must then be recognised by all other member states once notified to the EU Commission. The Regulation also introduces EU wide rules concerning trust services, such as the creation and validation of certificates for website authentication, and a related EU trust mark for  those services which meet the requirements of the Regulation. The  Regulation will apply from 1 July 2016.

Council of the European Union Press Release, July 2014 and Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic identifica- tion and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market