eThemisID is an Action selected for funding at 2019, under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.
The CEF electronic identification (eID) Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) helps public administrations and private online service providers to easily extend the use of their online services to citizens from other EU Member States.
The Action, consisting of five (5) consortium members, aims to a focused integration of the e-services currently provided by the Integrated Administrative Court Case Management System («IACCMS»· the Greek abbreviation which is often met is «OSDDY-DD») with the basic building blocks offered by CEF, namely the eIDAS Node integration package and the Digital Signature Services (DSS), in order to enable eIDAS compliant cross-border authentication and e-signature services to the end-users at EU level.
The Hellenic Council of State acting as the authority responsible for the operation, maintenance as well as the enhancement of the information system of all administrative justice has made clear steps towards digitizing its operations and offered services with the use of IT infrastructure and software. A significant issue regarding the uptake of digital services in the justice domain is their ability to integrate with existing identification and authorization services in national and pan-European level. Expanding the information technology applications by widening the circle of their beneficiaries is a goal that the Greek administrative justice wishes to achieve as long as the basic requirements of authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of the whole procedure can be met and dully satisfied.
Therefore, the scope of eThemisID is to implement the necessary components and integrate them with existing systems to allow the Greek administrative Justice System to offer eIDAS and e-signature compliant services to its end-users in an EU-wide level. In this context, eIDAS and e-Seal functionalities can be seen as the gate to the hellenic administrative justice for EU citizens, legal entities and lawyers who, under European Union law or Greek law, are entitled to provide services before the Greek administrative courts (Council of State, administrative courts) and wish to provide their services under Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977.
The Action will also enable eSeal capabilities (to digitally sign and validate) for all e-documents produced through automated delivery mechanisms in the Greek Council of State Services Portal. eSeal capabilities will be enabled for the Council of State, 9 administrative courts of appeal and 30 administrative courts of first instance all over Greece and the General Committee of administrative courts, who is in charge of the management of all 39 above mentioned administrative courts. By the end of the Action, the Greek Council of State portal will be made available in production environment for cross- border authentication (via eIDAS) and for eSeal capabilities (based on DSS tool).
More information on the project can be found here.