On November 27, a meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania chaired by Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nausėda took place in Vilnius. The event ended with the signing of a number of bilateral documents on cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania on a number of issues. Among other things, the Declaration of Intent for Mutual Recognition of Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions between the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania was signed.
The declaration, inked by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov and Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, contains joint plans for:
• Providing conditions for the mutual recognition of electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions, including the electronic signature certification, e-seals and website authentication, electronic timestamps, verification and confirmation of electronic signatures and e-seals, preserving of electronic signatures and seals, and electronic registered delivery services.
• Launching projects aimed at identifying gaps and obstacles that impede the mutual recognition of electronic identification means and trust services for electronic transactions between Ukraine and Lithuania, their public and private sectors.
• Joining efforts to remove barriers to cross-border use of trust services and cross-border e-contracts, e-bills and other solutions.
• Encouraging private sector representatives to voluntarily implement cross-border issues related to the conclusion of e-contracts, creating e-bills and other decisions.
“In fact, this is the first official document on the mutual recognition of Ukraine's electronic signatures. And it is extremely important that e-contracts, e-bills and other similar solutions for our citizens and businesses will soon become a reality,” said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.
The agreements reached will foster the development of trade and investment cooperation between Ukraine and Lithuania, the deepening of interaction on breakthrough technologies and the exchange of innovations between countries, as well as the creation of new reliable and secure digital services for the development of the European Union digital market.