Four pilot projects are testing use cases across travel, healthcare, banking and education for the European digital identity wallet which is expected to launch in 2024.

In total, €90 million has been invested into the wallet ecosystem, which receives 50% funding from the European Commission and a further €46 million from the Digital Europe Programme will go towards piloting and supporting the successful implementation of the wallet and eIDAS 2.

The wallet proposal aims to enhance secure cross-border and international transactions of data for individuals and businesses around a diverse range of use cases, for example:

  • Payments
  • Presenting medical records and subscriptions
  • Signing electronic documents
  • Non-connectivity verification
  • Displaying mobile driving licenses

Simplifying travel and occupancy in other member states, the EUDI wallet plans also encompass interoperability for privacy and the development of technical specifications through the pilots. However each country will design and build their own technical infrastructure to support equitable access to their public and private sectors.

The exploration of pilots financed by the European Commission will also help member states prepare for the drafted European Digital Identity Regulation.

Banking groups under the European Credit Sector Association recently supported the EU digital identity wallet directive but called for payments to be omitted from the framework over the language it uses to suggest fraud victims could expect reimbursements from banks.

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