Green Paper on expanding the use of e-Procurement in the EU

The European Commission published recently a Green Paper on extending the use of e-Procurement in the EU,

This Green Paper is quite biased against electronic signatures, which in my opinion demonstrates some ignorance about the matter, being one of the less complex issues of e-procurement. In Spain, and with the general availability of the Citizen ID Card (DNIe), electronic signature is straightforward.

Challenges identified (section 6.4, p 10) stresses the following:

Some of these solutions are technologically very simple e.g. the use of username/password combinations; others are more sophisticated, requiring specific types of electronic signatures, including qualified signatures (requiring a digital certificate issued by supervised/accredited Certification Service Providers). The decision to promote qualified e-signatures within the Action Plan may have set the point of reference for e-Procurement applications too high and increased the cost and burden of submitting tenders electronically…

A consultation on the Green Paper is open until 31/01/11.


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