eHerkenning was initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The aim is to enhance administrative efficiency and stimulate reduction of administrative burdens for businesses. To bring this about, the Ministry has commissioned experts and private suppliers to develop robust authentication and authorisation solutions by reusing tried and tested tokens and tools.
eHerkenning is one of the building blocks of the government's Generic Digital Infrastructure (GDI). This comprises standards, products and tools that are used jointly by all authorities, many public organisations and, in a number cases, by private parties. The GDI is an indispensable part of the digital basic tools which organisations use to do their work. The GDI consists of reusable digital basic tools, standards and products that ensure that authorities, public organisations and private parties are able to structure and continue to develop their primary processes effectively.
Electronic services in Europe
Furthermore, eHerkenning offers a significant contribution to the implementation of cross-border electronic services within Europe, as initiated by the European regulation on electronic identities and trust services (eIDAS). To enable cross-border electronic identification, a special node has been created. Over time, this node will be used to connect all Dutch citizens and businesses digitally with public authorities in foreign countries. Vice versa, it will be possible for inhabitants and companies in other member states to use the online services of the Dutch government. This would mean that a key element of the European Digital agenda will have been implemented. eHerkenning has been designed for European interoperability, since any party can apply, irrespective of the country of residence. Today, it is already possible to conduct cross-border business through eHerkenning in Belgium and Lithuania.