Minister Alexander De Croo has invited Beltug to join the new Task Force for e-Archiving being set up by his Cabinet. The Task Force will bring together key stakeholders with the Cabinet and the public services, to discuss the requirements of a framework and economic model for e-archiving.
The Task Force is a response to the European eIDAS (electronic IDentification and Authentication Services framework), which entered into force on 1 July 2016. Its purpose is to build a sense of trust in the digital economy, through reciprocal recognition of electronic signatures, etc., in the EU. The Digital Act, published in Belgium on 28 September 2016, brings Belgian law in-line with the eIDAS. It was extended with a specific section on e-archiving, which put Belgium ahead of many other countries.
However, explains Minister De Croo, the Belgian market remains hesitant to adopt e-archiving due to legal uncertainties regarding standards, certification schemes, and the costs of implementation, accreditation and certification. He is convinced, as is Beltug, that co-operation between the government and the private sector (amongst other stakeholders) is needed in order to create a good, short-term framework. (Beltug previously prepared a Position (Dutch only) explaining the situation and pleading for such co-operation).
Beltug is pleased to be invited to be a part of the Task Force: e-archiving is a service that has the potential to benefit all companies, from the smallest SME to the large multinational - with the right framework. The Task Force will begin work in September 2017.