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STORK: Secure Identity Across Borders Linked

eID - easier access to public services across the EU

Several barriers to free movement of workers still exist in the EU: for example, it is not easy to access public services while working or living in another country. The European Commission has launched a pilot project to remedy this situation with an EU-wide system for the recognition and authentication of electronic identity (eID via electronic cards or other means). It will enable businesses and citizens to securely use their national electronic identities and get help from public administrations in any Member State they live in or travel to.

The pilot project launched by the Commission aims to achieve the pan-European recognition of electronic IDs. This will be done without imposing one single solution but allowing national systems to work together.

The pilot project will test some of the services that are most useful to the many Europeans working and studying in EU countries other than their own. The participating countries will test a set of services using open standards. These include:

- a common service architecture allowing citizens to use their national eIDs to access e-Government portals across borders,

- a platform for safer online communication using eIDs for children,

- a service facilitating students’ mobility across Europe,

- use of eID for cross-border electronic delivery for citizens and businesses,

- and for testing the electronic process of address change for EU citizens that move to other Member States.

Technical solutions 

The project will develop, test and validate common specifications for national eID systems to work together. These will be made freely available. All Member States, including those not participating in the project, will be consulted on the common specifications so that the project can have a wide impact. All industries that would like to develop services for eID in the future will have equal and free access to the common specifications.
Reference materials, guidelines, manuals and educational materials will also be made available allowing the replication and implementation of solutions in other countries. A number of events, workshops and consultations will also be organised during the project.

Security

Security and privacy are serious concerns within the project.  All efforts will be made to ensure that mutual recognition of electronic identity makes identity theft extremely difficult. As authentication levels for a given application may differ across Member States, the project will develop “circles of trust” at European scale.

Impact

The project will result in the smooth cross-border operation of several key public services. The solution will be scalable to all EU Member States. It will be technology-transparent, robust, with measurable benefits, and will be implemented in such a way that it is sustainable beyond the life of the pilot.

As a building block towards the realisation of an internal market without borders, this project will save time and money with safer transactions, less fraud, better control over personal data and simplified procedures.

Contact information

GARCIA Alicia
ALBARRACIN 25
28037 MADRID
SPAIN
Tel. +34912148800
Fax. -

Participants

Coordinator: ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA, SPAIN

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
ATOS ORIGIN SOCIEDAD ANONIMA ESPANOLA SPAIN
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ AUSTRIA
BUNDESKANZLERAMT DER REPUBLIK OESTERREICH AUSTRIA
SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL TECHNOLOGIE DE L'INFORMATION ET DE LA COMMUNICATION BELGIUM
EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC MESSAGING ASSOCIATION AISBL BELGIUM
E-FORUM FORUM FOR EUROPEAN E-PUBLICSERVICES AISBL HOTE EUROPEEN POUR LES SERVICES PUBLICS EN LIGNE BELGIUM
BANQUE CARREFOUR DE LA SECURITE SOCIALE BELGIUM
AKTSIASELTS SERTIFITSEERIMISKESKUS ESTONIA
MINISTERE DE L'ECONOMIE, DES FINANCES ET DE L'INDUSTRIE FRANCE
T-SYSTEMS ENTERPRISE SERVICES GMBH GERMANY
BUNDESAMT FUR SICHERHEIT IN DER INFORMATIONSTECHNIK GERMANY
GOVERNMENT TO YOU GREECE
THJODSKRA NATIONAL REGISTRY ICELAND
Ministry Of Finance ICELAND
REGIONE LOMBARDIA. ITALY
POLITECNICO DI TORINO ITALY
CENTRO NAZIONALE PER L'INFORMATICA NELLA PUBBLICA AMMINISTRAZIONE ITALY
MINISTERE DE LA FONCTION PUBLIQUE ET DE LA REFORME ADMINISTRATIVE LUXEMBOURG
MINISTERIE BINNENLANDSE ZAKEN EN KONINKRIJKSRELATIES NETHERLANDS
CAPGEMINI NEDERLAND BV NETHERLANDS
MULTICERT - SERVICOS DE CERTIFICACAO ELECTRONICA SA PORTUGAL
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PORTUGAL
AGENCIA PARA A MODERNIZACAO ADMINISTRATIVA IP PORTUGAL
MINISTRSTVO ZA JAVNO UPRAVO SLOVENIA
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON SPAIN
MINISTERIO DE ADMINISTRACIONES PUBLICAS SPAIN
AGENCIA CATALANA DE CERTIFICACIO SPAIN
VERKET FOR FORVALTNINGSUTVECKLING SWEDEN
HOME OFFICE UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 25/03/2009

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