Who better than students and researchers to exemplify the true meaning of the European freedom of movement? Every year hundreds of thousands of young people decide to take the big step of studying or conducting their research abroad.
Moving abroad can be quite attractive and seems easier than ever. Over the past years, educational institutions have been developing digital services and identification systems for their students and researchers to offer a seamless experience on campus and ease their relationship with the administration. However, students and academic staff can still spend countless hours providing paper documents to prove their identity and obtain the necessary credentials, before getting access to campus services when preparing to study abroad and/or arriving on a new campus.
The eIDAS regulation no. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions, adopted in 2014, introduces the principle of mutual recognition of nationally-issued eID schemes across the European Member States. Following successful piloting under STORK 2.0, the European Commission is now looking into the feasibility of reusing eIDAS eID to provide to students and academic staff the necessary attributes for electronic identification during the enrolment process and other relevant services such as access to virtual libraries, access to on-line courses, transcript of records and access to computing infrastructures and networks.
About the presenters:
Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak was appointed deputy Head of the Unit ‘Learning, Multi-linguism and Accessibility’ in October 2016. The Unit’s mission is to make the Digital Single Market more accessible, secure and inclusive. To this end, the Unit supports policy, research, innovation and deployment of learning technologies and key enabling digital language technologies and services allowing all European consumers and businesses to fully benefit from the Digital Single Market. The Unit is responsible for the Web Accessibility Directive, which makes public sector websites accessible by people with impairments. The Unit also promotes a better internet for children by protecting and empowering children online, and improving the quality of content available to them.
Alice Vasilescu is acting as Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission. She is coordinating the technical work carried out under CEF eID and supports the Member State community that is setting up the eIDAS eID Infrastructure. Alice is an experienced IT professional, specializing in Enterprise Architecture, IT security and system interoperability for large-scale European projects.
Mario Cabellos is senior Project Leader at Everis. He is coordinating a study commissioned by the European Commission on defining an Information Systems (data and application) Architecture solutions that would enable the reuse of the CEF eID Building Block in the educational domain, through existing e-service/system/online platforms (e.g. university), thus facilitating students' authentication across borders.
Andriana Prentza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Digital Systems of the University of Piraeus, Greece. She received her Diploma in Computer Engineering and Information Sciences and her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, and her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She has been very actively involved in a number of European (FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7) and National R&D programs focusing on Information Communication Technologies (ICT) projects and she serves as expert evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission and national research and development programmes.
About CEF eID under eIDAS
The CEF eID building block helps public administrations and private online service providers to easily extend the use of their online services to citizens from other EU Member States. It allows cross-border authentication, in a secure, reliable and trusted way, by making national electronic identification systems interoperable.
Once this building block is deployed in a Member State, the mutual recognition of national eIDs becomes possible between participating Member States, in line with the eIDAS (electronic Identification and Signature) legal framework (see eIDAS Regulation (EU) 910/2014) and with the privacy requirements of all the participating countries. Mutual recognition of national eIDs allows citizens of one Member State to access online services provided by public and private organisations from other participating EU Member States, using their own national eID.
Following the successful completion of the STORK pilot programme, CEF has taken on the role to 'productise' and support the roll-out of eID connectivity to other Member States. This has included the development of open-source software components, documentation, training and support. Member States can leverage their electronic ID systems to provide access to the services of other Member States with confidence in the levels of assurance provided by secure means of authentication linked to qualified identities.
About the CEF building blocks
The CEF building blocks provide basic services which can be reused to enable more complex digital public services offered to citizens, businesses and public administration. They provide reusable tools and services helping to underpin the Digital Single Market, that aims to remove digital regulatory barriers, contributing as much as EUR 415 billion per year to the European economy. The CEF Digital Portal is the home of the CEF building blocks (eID, eDelivery, eInvoicing, eSignature and eTranslation). It is the one-stop-shop for information about the building blocks. The portal provides access to tools, services and software that facilitates the deployment of eID to access digital public services across borders.