eArchiving & eSignatures - the current state of play (N-sight)

Location:Hotel Abbey, Grimbergen


In a digitised world, where communication and transactions move ever-faster, trust is critical.  It provides a solid foundation that enables us to interact with each other at the speed of light.


During this session, we will shine a spotlight on two trust topics that are increasingly present in our private and corporate lives: eArchiving and digital signatures. We’ll hear from the experts on the current state of affairs, starting with an introduction to the Belgian context.


Then we’ll zoom in on the upcoming qualification criteria for eArchiving services, before hearing from market players Doccle and itsme® about how they each take their services a step further in the domain of trust.




Hotel Abbey, Kerkeblokstraat 5, 1850 Grimbergen



13:30 Welcome coffee


14:00 Introduction


Ann Guinée, Project Manager, Beltug (English)


14:15 Digital signature and eArchiving – Belgian context


We’ll take a guided trip through eIDAS and the enigmas this regulation holds for digital signatures and eArchiving.

  • Can we trust the different digital signatures?
  • How the various digital signatures fit with the various business processes.
  • What are the differences between eIDAS signatures and existing web and banking digital signature?
  • In practice (based on the experience within Portima), what steps are required to deliver eIDAS trust services?
  • How is eArchiving defined in Belgian law? What are the missing links?
  • Beltug’s role trying to ensure improvements in the regulations to help companies achieve 'qualified eArchiving'.


Claude Rapoport, President of the Beltug Board (English)


14:45 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


14:55 Qualification of electronic archives - current state of play


Belgian law provides a legislative framework for the legal consequences of electronic archives, against the backdrop of the European eIDAS regulation.  But companies and organisations that are willing to implement an eArchiving service (whether exclusively for internal usage or not) nonetheless bump into a series of practical barriers regarding its qualification.  Yet this qualification is required for the eArchive to be considered equal to a paper archive. We’ll hear how companies can deal with their plans for digitally archiving information.


Marc Wouters, Adviseur, FOD Economie (Dutch)


15:25 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


15:35 Coffee break


16:00 itsme® Sign, the cherry on the cake


By the end of its first complete operational year, itsme® already had 725,000 users performing 2.5 million transactions per month. We’ll get insights into the use cases and the industry verticals in which a digital ID makes life easier as a consumer and a citizen. Plus, we’ll learn about itsme® Sign, the mobile qualified signature that further completes the itsme® service portfolio.


Remy Knecht, COO, Belgian Mobile ID - itsme® (English)


16:30 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


16:40 eBox/Doccle integration- the start of a digital tsunami


Doccle is a digital platform for handling and storing documents from many organisations, to enable centralised administration. eBox, on the other hand, is the online platform for Social Security services, offering citizens a digital mailbox for secure, centralised receipt of government documents. The public-private collaboration between these platforms will guide all Belgian citizens to a digital public administration. We’ll find out all about it.


Bram Lerouge, CEO, Doccle (English)


17:10 Q&A: Your questions, your experience


17:20 Wrap up & Closing drink


18:00 End