What is new regarding the use of the qualified electronic signature

Aurel Meiroșu, certSIGN Business Development Manager, was invited in the Radio Guerrilla studio, where he talked about the latest changes in the use of the qualified certificates for electronic signature, used in relation to state-owned institutions.

Which institutions allow interactions with the citizens based on a qualified electronic signature? How valuable is this?

“From the citizens’ perspective, what has happened since the end of spring is very important. For example, if you have a qualified electronic signature, you can create an account with the National Pension House and check your contribution payments. It is very interesting because you obviously eliminate some trips, but for cases where there are several employers, jobs with a very high dynamic, such as the HoReCa area for example, you can very clearly see whether your contribution has been paid, as well as your entire payment record.”, said Aurel Meiroșu.

This information existed until now, it could be accessed by request, but it involved a series of visits to the counter, filling out some forms and a considerable waiting time to receive the answer. Now, however, this verification can be done exclusively online, if you have a qualified electronic signature certificate.

Such interaction is also very important for the institution itself, because the information transmitted is extremely sensitive, and must reach only the person to whom it is addressed.

What is the news regarding the interaction of SME companies with the state-owned institutions, by means of a qualified electronic signature?

The good news is that from January 1, 2024 there are two new systems that will allow SMEs to interact with the state electronically.

“The first is the e-Invoice system, where absolutely all invoices will be issued in electronic format and will be uploaded to the Virtual Private Space (SPV. Access to the SPV is allowed only with a qualified digital certificate. This is further proof that the qualified electronic signature is a tool that all parties involved can rely on, and is 100% legally-binding.

The second system is the Romanian Customs Authority (AVR), a new institution that is being modernized. Most likely from January 1, the formalities carried out by the economic operators, through the customs offices, will be done with a qualified certificate for electronic signature.” our colleague pointed out.

This digital trend obviously increases the efficiency of interactions with the state, ultimately resulting in secure processes with legal value.

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