STORK 2.0 Creates single Electronic Indentification And Authentication Area For Europe

Iceland participated in the STORK which was completed in 2011 and funded by the ICT Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) that builds system within the European Union for interoperability of elelctronic identification (eID). This system allows citizens to use national electronic identity in many European countries. Iceland took part in three pilot projects in  first STORK: Cross-border authentication sevice, Safe Chat and Change of address.

STORK 2.0

STORK 2.0 (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed 2.0) is a major three-year project that has been launched to facilitate the creation and take-up of a single interoperable and sustainable electronic identification (eID) authentication area for Europe, for legal and natural persons. The initiative will drive convergence between the private and public sector, at national and EU level, for secure and easy access to cross-border public services using eID credentials. Four pilots will run for 12 months, focusing on eLearning and Academic Qualifications, eBanking, Public Services for Business and eHealth to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of interoperable eID in a real-world environment.

STORK 2.0 is an EU co-funded initiative under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). It brings together 58 consortium partners and 19 countries. The four key objectives of STORK 2.0 are:

  • Accelerate the deployment of eID for public services by co-ordinating national and EC initiatives in support of a federated eID management architecture across Europe.
  • Maximise the take-up of its scalable solutions throughout the EU, with a strong commitment to open specifications and longer-term sustainability around a vision of eID as a Service Offering (backed by participating European countries and industry).
  • Facilitate the convergence of private and public sectors in a fully operational framework and infrastructure, which uses eID for secure and coherent authentication of legal and natural persons across the EU.
  • Run four cross border and cross sector pilots to test and demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of interoperable eID in a real-world environment.

Achieving these objectives will be realised through the four pilot applications of the project (eLearning and Academic Qualifications, eBanking, Public Services for Business, eHealth) offering interoperable services in real-life settings. The pilots will validate common specifications, standards and building blocks, convincingly addressing challenging legal and governance issues (across borders, application domains and different sectors). These applications will facilitate borderless digital living and mobility in the EU, enhancing the Digital Single Market for public and commercial services in alignment with the Services Directive.

STORK 2.0 will build on the collaborative efforts of existing Large Scale Pilot projects that include the first STORK (eID) initiative that ran from May 2008 to December 2011, e-CODEX (eJustice), epSOS (eHealth), PEPPOL (eProcurement) and SPOCS (eBusiness). It will develop communities of interest such as the Industrial Monitoring Group and Member State Reference Group, involving stakeholders, as well as governments from Member States that are not participating to the project to ensure the widest possible influence of Europe's future single eID area.

A spokesperson for the STORK 2.0 project, Ana Maria Piñuela Marcos, states: “The Large Scale Pilot projects are the cornerstone for implementing common solutions that will deliver accessible online public services throughout Europe. STORK 2.0 will liaise closely with these projects as it takes a significant and pioneering leap from the progression of identifying and authenticating citizens, to the ability to authenticate legal entities and natural persons.”

About STORK 2.0 project

STORK 2.0 (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed 2.0) builds on the success and results of STORK by taking further steps to decisively push the lines for wider uptake of eID in Europe, aiming at realising a single European electronic identification & authentication area. Its highly innovative focus lies on the convergence of private and public sectors in an operational framework and infrastructure encompassing eID for secure electronic authentication of both legal and natural persons. It includes facilities for mandates, widely useable across the EU, providing strong data protection and secure ways of transferring attributes, all under user control.

STORK 2.0 Pilots, focused on strategic eLearning & Academic Qualifications, eBanking, Public Services for Business and eHealth areas, will demonstrate interoperable services in real-life settings and validate common specifications, standards and building blocks, convincingly addressing challenging legal and governance issues (across borders, application domains and different sectors). These applications will facilitate borderless digital living and mobility in the EU, enhancing the Digital Single Market for public and commercial services in alignment with the Services Directive.

STORK 2.0 is an EU co-funded project under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). STORK 2.0 will be a key-enabler to support the open, competitive digital economy envisaged in the Europe 2020 Strategy and is aligned with Key Actions in the Digital Agenda, thus contributing to Europe's leadership role of the eID market. STORK 2.0 involves directly 19 countries in the Consortium (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) in which participate 58 partners in total.

Further information:
STORK 2.0 website
STORK 2.0 Press Office: communication@eid-stork2.eu