Stories by Jarmila Frejtichova

Czech President Inks Electronic Signature Law

PRAGUE (07/24/2000) - The signature of president Vaclav Havel last week made
official a new law on electronic signatures here. The Czech Republic is the
first country in central and eastern Europe where a law on electronic
signatures has been accepted. The law was prepared according to the rules of
the European Union and is expected to offer reassurance not only to
business-to-business electronic commerce operations, but also to individual
citizens, who now will be able to conduct business via the Internet. Some time
will be required for government and local institutions to prepare for
electronic methods of transacting business, but according to European Union
observers, Czech institutions are surprisingly well-prepared for this new style
of communication, in some cases even more so than some EU states.