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An interoperable solution for electronic identities (eIDs)

Stork sustainability

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STORK sustainability

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a Member State authority, a European Institution or an agency and you want to comply with the eIDAS regulation obligations by accepting electronic identities from other Member States, so that foreign citizens and business can obtain access to your local electronic services.

This action will provide you with a solution or reference implementation allowing you to connect your services to the EU-wide interoperability platform of electronic identities based on STORK. This action is going to be taken over by the CEF programme.

What is this action about?

STORK (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed) is an action co-funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) that aims to implement EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities (eIDs).

Involving a consortium of 43 members composed of national governments, academia and research, non-profit and private organisations, the project is jointly developing an EU-wide interoperable system for the recognition of eIDs and authentication that will enable businesses, citizens and government employees to use their national electronic identities in any EU Member State.

The STORK interoperable solution for eIDs is based on a distributed architecture that will pave the way towards full integration of EU e-services, while taking into account specifications and infrastructures currently existing in EU Member States.

The action will address various legal and organisational barriers to the widespread implementation of STORK, supported by analysis of significant business cases and applications.

It will upgrade and maintain software modules supporting common functionalities of the cross-border infrastructure as well as architectural issues.

What are the objectives?

Supporting the implementation of a system for the recognition of eIDs and authentication that is interoperable across the EU, enabling businesses, citizens and government employees to use their national eIDs in any EU Member State.

What are the benefits?

  • provide a suite of tested Common Specifications for eIDs agreed to by a majority of EU Member States;
  • make specifications and support available to all Member States, even those who did not participate in STORK;
  • promote exploitation and potential hook up of new applications through an operational European eID infrastructure based on state-of-the-art open technology;
  • strategic contribution to the ambitions of the Digital Agenda for Europe;
  • enable access of private sector to an open suite of eID specifications.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q4/2010 to Q4/2014
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology; DG Informatics)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 1 350 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 10500

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