Gertrud Ingestad presents the European perspective at the eID Days in Stockholm
Over 4-5 April 2019, electronic identity experts and enthusiasts attended the ‘e-legitimationsdagarna’, or eID Days in Stockholm, Sweden. The Digital Government Review (DIGG) of Sweden organised the event.
The eighth edition of the conference, the largest since its conception, was a forum for participants to better understand why electronic identification is a prerequisite for successful digitisation, what this means in practice and what you need to do to succeed.
As people and businesses become ever more interconnected, secure and seamless electronic identification becomes a necessity, from the largest corporations to the town hall.
The conference opening keynotes explored just this. Adam Cooper - Director ID Crowd, UK – opened the event and presented the global perspective. Gertrud Ingestad – Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT) – presented electronic identification from the European perspective. Subsequently, Tor Alvik - Head of Digital Strategies and Coordination, Difi, Norway – presented the Nordic perspective and Ann Linde – Minister for Foreign Trade and Minister for Nordic Affairs in Sweden – presented the Swedish perspective.
The European dimension links the global to the local. Action at European level creates a continent-wide level playing field for European companies, allowing them to innovate and provide services to a much greater marketplace than they might alone. The EU’s core freedoms, the movement of goods, services, capital and people make Europe a model for the most ambitious visions of global cooperation.
Gertrud Ingestad presented how, when building a Digital Single Market, the Commission adopted the same approach which made Europe’s Single Market a success. The eIDAS Regulation created a common legal framework ensuing digital services have the same legal validity as paper process. This ensures that digital services can be trusted and work securely across borders, so that citizens and businesses benefit from the convenience of digital services and can make the most of the Digital Single Market.
Alongside common legal frameworks, she explained how common and open-source standards and specifications build interoperability into the heart of Europe’s digital ecosystem. The ISA² Programme develops interoperability solutions, generally available for free, supporting interoperability between Europe’s public administration. Funded through the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, the eID, eSignature and eDelivery Building Blocks are basic components that ensure national I.T. systems – in this case, authentication systems– can communicate with each other.
Finally, Gertrud Ingestad outlined how the Commission adopts the very same processes and solutions itself. Following the publication of the European Commission Digital Strategy in November 2018, the Commission committed to becoming a digitally transformed, user-focused and data-driven administration by 2022. This means that the Commission builds its own authentication applications based on the same standards and legal frameworks as Building Blocks, such as EU Login, EU Sign and EU Send.
You can download Gertrud’s presentation (in English) below, and find video clips prepared for the event by the conference organisers.
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