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Projects STORK and STORK 2.0

European projects for cross-border recognition of electronic identities, designed to facilitate mobility and digital life without borders in the eu.


Project STORK

One of the fundamental parts for confidence in the digital world is the electronic identification (eID). The European Union is fully aware of the importance of fdi for the deployment of the services of E-government and to strengthen the market Único Digital, has been promoting the development of a pan-european infrastructure for electronic identification of citizens and businesses, by reference into some of its most important initiatives (the Digital Agenda and its Plan of action of E-government 2011-2015, the programme of work ISA, the european directive on services of the internal market), the future regulation on electronic identity and confidence and the inclusion of draft eID in the Framework programme for competitiveness and innovation (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme - CIP).

Within this framework programme was carried out, from 2008 to 2011, project STORK (Opens in new window) ( Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed - Safe Identities linked across borders). This project was implemented by a consortium formed by 35 members, involving various public administrations, universities, private organizations and non-profit associations, from 17 european countries, and including the Ministry of finance and Public Role, leading the work package concerning the definition of specifications and the building blocks.

Upon its expiration, STORK managed to deploy in a significant number of european countries a platform of interoperability of electronic identities in europe which allows citizens to establish new cross-border electronic relations, simply by presenting its eID, as well as a reference framework sustainable in the pan-european level.

The experience gained in STORK is already having an impact on the effective implementation of the cross-border electronic identity, since much of the technical knowledge accumulated and barriers identified legal interoperability had served as a source of knowledge to the proposal for a regulation of electronic identity and confidence submitted in 2012 for the european commission.

Project STORK 2.0

Moreover, the results obtained in STORK are taking their continuity in project STORK 2.0 (Opens in new window) also, implemented within the framework programme for competitiveness and innovation. STORK 2.0 intends to adopt further measures to advance decisively is greater acceptance of the electronic identity in europe, moving towards the development and adoption of a unique area for europe, interoperable and sustainable, identification and authentication, both for natural or juridical persons.

As new in relation to STORK, STORK 2.0 expected to address the representation, both natural and legal persons, in an electronic environment, including facilities to manage mandates and powers that can be widely used across the eu, and to provide a high level of protection of data handled and safe ways to transfer of attributes, all under the control of the user. The achievement of the targets set in STORK 2.0 is achieved through the four pilot applications of the project (e-learning and academic qualifications, internet banking, public services for companies and e-Health) will be interoperable 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).