EC develops Schengen Masterlist of CSCA certificates


The European Commission has published a first Schengen Masterlist of public Country Signing Certification Authority (CSCA) certificates as part of a pilot project.

On a note accompanying the release, the EC said that it would like to promote the use of electronic authentication (of any electronic document that supports this) by issuing the Masterlist.

Collections of trusted CSCA certificates can be combined into a secure container file-structure called a Masterlist. The Masterlist is cryptographically signed to prevent alteration.

“The Commission actively tries to acquire new certificates which it shares with the Member States who in turn will validate the certificate as genuine. The Commission continuously updates the Schengen Masterlist with these newly validated CSCA certificates.”

Specifically, the Schengen Masterlist contains CSCA certificates validated by at least three member states of the European visa bloc.

The body adds that the current Schengen TEST Masterlist is the result of a pilot project. This TEST Masterlist is cryptographically signed using a TEST certificate.

The Masterlist itself can be viewed here.


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