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EU Cross Border Authentication Trial Goes Live

STORK Industry Group : 16 November, 2010  (Application Story)
The pilot STORK scheme for interoperable electronic identity management at state borders within the European Union has now gone live
STORK, a pilot scheme co-funded by the EU that aims to implement EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities (eIDs), today announces that the Cross-border Authentication for Electronic Services is now live. The pilot demonstrates how a trusted framework can be created to enable EU citizens to use their national eID to securely access and benefit from the online public services of another Member State.

EU citizens are free to live and work throughout the Union, and when residing in a Member State that is not their country of origin it is important that they are able access important online public services. The pilot uses the STORK interoperability layer to enable participating citizens to use their eID to assert their identity and authenticate themselves.

Volker Reible, Pilot Coordinator of STORK Pilot for Cross-Border Authentication for Electronic Services, comments: "Improving the quality and security of access to online public services through the use of their national eID provides citizen with convenience and confidence that their personal information is kept safe, secure and private. It also generates many internal efficiences for public administrations."

One of the many benefits of cross-border authentication for electronic services is evident when a EU citizen chooses to work in another Member State. For example, a German citizen planning to work in Belgium has to go through an online compliance procedure, via Belgium's Limosa portal. The citizen logs on and authenticates his identity using his national eID and securely transfers the relevant data. The Limosa service can now place a higher level of trust in the identity data of the citizen and provide a better and more efficient quality-of-service.

The existing services connected to the interoperability layer as part of the STORK pilot are the national citizen portals of Austria, Estonia, Germany, Portugal and the Belgian Limosa service. The eID credentials that form part of the pilot are the national identity cards from Austria, Estonia, Portugal and Belgium, as well as the Icelandic debit card and Estonian mobile eID. Finland, Lithuania, France and Greece will participate in this pilot in the future.
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