STORK, a project co-funded by the EU ICT Policy Support Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which aims to implement EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities (eIDs), announces that Lithuania is now live in the Cross-Border Authentication Platform for Electronic Services Pilot. The scope of the pilot is to enable online public services to be accessed securely by citizens of Member States using their nationally issued eID credentials.
The Cross-Border Authentication Platform for Electronic Services Pilot aims to achieve more cooperation between EU member states, via mutual recognition of their respective national eID scheme. Through technical interoperability with electronic services, the ease-of-use and take up of these services will be improved across national borders.
In November 2010 it was announced that Lithuania joined the STORK project and interconnection activity has been already completed with Portugal, France, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy and Slovenia, using C-PEPS (Pan-European Proxy Service) and NQC (Non-Qualified Certificate) authentication technology and qualified e.signature certificates for eID verification. The next phase of the Pilot will achieve integration with Estonia and Sweden.
For Lithuania the “Cross Border Authentication Platform for Electronic Services” Pilot is crucially important as it enables existing online public services to be accessed securely by its citizens working or residing in other Member States. Vice Minister, Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Lithuania, Gintaras Steponas Vysniauskas explains: “As a result of the pilot, citizens will be able to easily access valuable online services provided by Member States using their nationally issued eID credentials.”
Lithuania introduced personal eID cards on 1st of January 2009 and so far more than 530,000 have been issued to citizens. The cards' contact chip provides means for using the card online as it contains both a certificate for online identification and a qualified certificate for eSignature.
Vysniauskas states: “When looking to modernise local, regional and national e-government services, some international services can also be considered extremely important for citizens, business and institutions. For this reason, Lithuania is taking an active participating role in this pilot, enhancing our national electronic services and connecting them to a proven interoperability layer for the benefit of our citizens and others in the Union.”
STORK WP7 “Communication and Sustainability” Leader and Executive Director of Gov2u, Vasilis Koulolias, comments: “With the hard work of all the partners involved in the Cross-Border Authentication Platform for Electronic Services Pilot much progress has been made. We are moving ever closer to creating a reliable and secure technology infrastructure, that will ultimately enable all EU Members States to enjoy the freedom of sharing electronics services, irrespective of national borders.”