G�rard Galler studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Brussels and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Essex. He started his career in the industry by managing several projects such as software for the European launcher Ariane V and other space vehicles, for electronic payments over the internet or for road traffic management. He joined the European Commission in 1998 to support research on smartcards through the EU Framework Programme for Research. He ran eEurope Smartcards, a policy initiative in the early 2000 to foster the pan-European deployment of smartcards. From 2003 till 2006, he served scientific counsellor in the European Commission Delegation to Georgia & Armenia where he also dealt with EU assistance. Within DG CONNECT, he is in charge of the electronic signatures Directive.He is one the co-authors of the proposal that was tabled by the European Commission in June 2012 for a "Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the single market".
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