In 1999 the Austrian Signatures Act (SigG) created the legal basis in Austrian Law for the recognition of electronic signatures. Austria was consequently the first country to implement Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Community framework for electronic signatures (Signatures Directive).
These legal provisions are no longer effective as of 30 June 2016. Since then the applicable legislation in this regard is EU Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market and repealing Directive 1999/93/EC, OJ L 257 of 28 August 2014, p. 73 (‘eIDAS Regulation’). The eIDAS Regulation provides the basis both for EU implementing acts and for provisions of national law (Signature and Trust Services Act, Signature and Trust Services Regulation and others).
The Signature and Trust Services Act (official title: Signatur- und Vertrauensdienstegesetz - SVG) is available only in German and English. The draft notified to the European Commission is also available in French. The draft may differ slightly from the final official text.
The Signature and Trust Services Regulation (official title: Signatur- und Vertrauensdiensteverordnung - SVV) is available only in German. The draft notified to the European Commission is available in English and other languages of the European Union. The draft may differ slightly from the final official text.