Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
EUROPEAN UNION Brussels, 25 March 1999 (15.04)
THE COUNCIL (OR. f)
from : Coreper
on : 24 March 1999
to : TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL
No. prev. doc.: 6229/99 ECO 65 CODEC 95
No. Cion prop.: 9708/98 ECO 233 CODEC 355
Subject: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a common framework for electronic signatures
1. At its meeting on 27 November 1998 the Council instructed Coreper to continue discussing the abovementioned proposal and to endeavour in particular to find a solution to the key issue of the security of electronic signatures, a major stumbling block to the conclusion of an agreement on the proposal.
2. At the end of a further stage of discussions Coreper succeeded in finding a solution to the key issue which is acceptable to all delegations. It also completed finalisation of the text of the Directive as a whole, taking into account in particular the Opinion of the European Parliament at first reading, from which it adopted many of the suggested amendments.
3. The draft Directive, which is set out in the Annex hereto, has already been agreed by all delegations, although the Commission is still upholding a reservation on one provision. () The text is being submitted for the agreement of the Council so that subsequently it can formally adopt a common position on the proposal.
Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a common framework for electronic signatures
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,