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eIDAS 2 and the EU ID Wallet

Welcome to my EJ Consultants and Global Trust Foundation blog. I am going t try and keep this frequently updated. I will also add this to my Linkedin and Twitter social media posts……

So I am still a little confused. Whilst the EU Digital Wallet Large Scale Pilots are all in the process of kicking off with serious efforts, what is lacking is the societal side of eIDAS 2 (as the Wallet is a major part).

In the original eIDAS, there was a lot of effort building across the public sector and also to an extent private sector, increasing awareness and support and getting stakeholders to understand the benefits. eIDAS is of course a regulation, and became law in every EU member state. Like eIDAS 2, in the original eIDAS effort, there were Large Scale Pilots (one of which was called STORK) and these made a big difference in getting the eIDAS accepted at Member State level.

However whereas eIDAS was fundamental in bringing a level of interoperability for eID and digital signatures within the EU, this was incidental to most citizens. Comparatively, eIDAS 2 and in particular the EU ID Wallet has the potential to fundamentally change the way citizens conduct their transactions at almost all levels. Especially in B-2-C where the wallets will be able to demonstrate citizen related attributes and credentials with security and privacy.

But where is the communications to the citizens? It all seems a little to technology driven.

I have no doubt that younger generations of EU citizens will love the EU ID Wallet. If restricted to Government credentials it will be pretty marginal, but once opened to B-2-C, then usage could explode. – It need not be a single wallet, but as long as the B-2-C and the C-2-G wallets can interoperate then real benefits can be realised.

But what about the citizens that cannot benefit? Those with disabilities and those that have a profound dislike of anything digital. Lets hope that the requirement in eIDAS 2 that there should always be an alternative to the EU ID Wallet is adhered to. And what about proxies? I may have missed references to them in the recently released Architecture and Reference Framework (ARF). Please help me if I am wrong, but it could make key management etc much more complex. Without proxies, citizens will be forced to stay in the “slow lane”.


In the meantime, great citizen level explanations for the EU ID Wallet can be found on the GLASS project website ( The videos are: MEET ALICE! and ALICE GETS TECHNICAL! For your convenience they can be found here.


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