e-ID will soon be available to Bulgarian citizens after the adoption of an Electronic Identification Act
The Bulgarian Parliament adopted the Electronic Identification Act (EIA) in May 2016. The legislation will come into force on the 20th November (a 6-month vacatio legis period) and will enable citizens to unambiguously identify themselves in the virtual space and thus benefit from digital government services or perform secure financial transactions online. In a long-term perspective the EIA will also open doors for the introduction of e-voting on a national level. Natural persons, aged 14 or higher, will receive an electronic identification number from the Ministry of Interior or an authorized e-ID administrator. Last but not least, the EIA introduces a Digital Register for Empowerment, which will give citizens the opportunity to authorize other persons to represent them before state officials or providers of public services.