The government of Spain, through the secretary of state of Digitization and Artificial intelligence, Carme Artigas, has signed a joint statement with the Federal republic of germany, represented by the minister of state for Digitization, Dorothee Bär, which establishes a cooperation agreement between the two countries to cooperate in the area of cross-border digital identity based on the principles of self-identity (SSI).
The cooperation agreement provides for the design and conceptualization of a transboundary pilot to be launched in the near future, with the objective of contributing to the development of Digital identity Framework of the european union, as has recently announced as part of the latest proposal eIDAS of the european commission.
Moreover, the two countries will share good practices in the context of the digital identity from a technical point of view, normative and operational, and will explore options for establishing and climbing an ecosystem of open and decentralized identity that can operate across borders, ensuring secure digital identities based on reliable and identity documents issued by the state, as well as digital identity credentials.
With these objectives in mind, both countries have approved the creation of a joint working group on digital identity and have committed themselves to present the results at regular intervals to all parties concerned.
The declaration also expected to open to other member states committed to the development of a decentralized digital identity and self-sustaining for national use cross-border and in europe.
People at the centre of european approach
The digital identity is the basis of the provision of digital services - both public and privados- to citizens, who must be able to share, safely, their own identity data under its exclusive control. The creation of a secure digital environment is one of the most important levers for member states and the european Union as a whole will seize the potential of our economies and of the single european market in a digital world.
The secretary of state of Digitization and Artificial intelligence española, Carme Artigas, pointed out: "People must have the power of your data and their identity. The collaboration that today, we start with Germany toward a digital identity is an essential step in the european route towards the sovereignty of the data".
The german minister of state for digitising, Dorothee Bär, wrote: "The german government recognizes that the digital identity is an essential element for success of digitalisation. We have already launched a national ecosystem-based digital identity the SSI involving more than 60 stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as a case of real use: the digital register of hotels. In the coming months, we intend to put in place other cases of national use to extend this ecosystem. We are pleased to take the next natural step through our partnership with Spain to show the whole of europe the potential of decentralized identities focused" user.
The objective of this statement is to generate a daring vision of the digital identity at national and european level, inspired by the european approach of digitalisation, which places people at the centre and is based on principles and common european values.
The german state secretary and chief information officer of the government, Markus Richter, commented: "I welcome the cooperation with Spain for testing new technology-based approaches, such as self-identity. Our common goal is always a secure digital identity and at the same time easy to use for the citizens of the european Union. It is important to me that we measure always new developments on the basis of the requirements of the european regulation eIDAS, security and confidence in the cross-border digital identification uniformly for all Eu states".
It is a vision that gives citizens the full control of their digital identities, ensuring that the rights granted offline are also provided online. This step is a new step towards the sovereignty and digital data, as well as support for the growth of our economies and the european single market, at a critical time when the spanish and german states have decided to join forces to confront this unprecedented challenge.