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Federated Authorisation Across European Public Administrations

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When is this action of interest to you?

You have a role or function as an official within a European public administration. You need to access a secure European Commission web site while being recognised as having the particular role or function given by your administration. This action will extend the existing EC electronic identification through ECAS-STORK (European Commission Authentication Service integrated with Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed) by complementing your identity with authorisation information assigned by your home country, such as your position in a public administration on behalf of which you are entitled to act.

What is this action about?

The action aims to extend federated authentication (i.e. verifying if the user is the one he claims to be) by using STORK for federated authorisation (i.e. verifying if the user is entitled to use the requested information or functionality). It allows users to log in to EC applications and to be granted access based on their role or position. For example in case the user is a public official and the application aims at usage by an administration.

Access rights are fully administered in the users' home country. The action removes the overhead to manage users at national level for internal needs and at ECAS level for EC information systems.

The scope of this Action includes reviewing existing approaches in the Member States, choosing a suitable model, defining common, generic specifications and implementing the chosen model. These project’s steps cover the needs of a federated authorisation solution. It especially addresses the risks and concerns of heterogeneous solutions within the Europe and potential architectural approaches to fulfil the needs of trust and security.

What are the objectives?

  • Complementing electronic identities with authorisation information.
  • Decentralising the management of authorisation information and remove redundancies.

What are the benefits?

  • Delegation of authorization tasks to Member States.;
  • European Commission services
  • Usage of national models for authorization tasks with ECAS solution.

Public Administrations

  • Local, self-administrations..
  • Public Administrations

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11800

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