STORK projects and STORK 2.0
European projects for cross-border recognition of electronic identities, designed to facilitate mobility and digital life without borders in the HAT.
One of the fundamental pieces for confidence in the digital world is the electronic identity (eID). The European Union, aware of the importance of the eID for the deployment of services of Electronic Administration and to strengthen the Digital Single Market, has been developing a pan-European infrastructure for electronic identification of citizens and businesses, through references in some of its most relevant initiatives (the Digital Agenda and its action Plan of Electronic Administration 2011-2015, the work programme ISA, the European directive of services of the internal market), the future regulation on electronic identity and services of confidence and the inclusion of eID projects in the framework programme for competitiveness and innovation (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme - CIP).
Within this Framework Programme was conducted from 2008 to 2011, the project STORK ( Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed - Safe Identities linked across borders). This project was executed by a consortium formed by 35 members, involving various public administrations, universities, private and non-profit associations, belonging to 17 European countries, including the Finance ministry and public function, leading the work package on the definition of specifications and the building blocks common.
After its completion, STORK managed to deploy in a significant number of European countries a platform of interoperability of European electronic identities that allows citizens to establish new electronic relations across borders, by simply presenting your eID national, as well as a reference framework sustainable on a pan-European level.
The experience gained in STORK is already having an impact on the effective implementation of the cross-border electronic identity, as much of the technical knowledge accumulated and barriers legal interoperability identified have served as a source of knowledge for the proposed regulation of electronic identity confidence and services presented in 2012 by the European commission.
Project STORK 2.0
Moreover, the results obtained in STORK are taking their continuity in the project STORK 2.0 , also implemented within the framework programme for competitiveness and innovation. STORK 2.0 aims to take further steps to boost decisively greater acceptance of electronic identity in Europa, moving towards the creation and adoption of a Single Area for Europa, interoperable and sustainable electronic identification and authentication, for both individuals and corporations.
As a novelty regards STORK, STORK 2.0 provides address representation, both individuals and corporations, in an electronic environment, including facilities to manage mandates and powers that can be widely used throughout the HAT, and provide a high protection of data handled and safe ways to transfer of attributes, all under the control of the user. The goals scored in STORK 2.0 will be achieved through the four pilot applications of project (e-learning and academic qualifications, electronic banking, public services for companies and e-Health) that will provide interoperable services in real-life situations. These pilots validated the specifications, standards and building blocks, addressing convincingly difficult legal issues and governance (transversal to different countries, domains of application and sectors).