The lack of cross border interoperability of electronic identification for legal entities and mandates is hindering the realization of the Single Market and the Digital Single Market especially.
The Large Scale Pilot STORK removes such barriers by developing a de-centralized interoperability framework between national eID solutions. Specifically, STORK establishes a European eID Interoperability Platform that allows citizens to benefit from cross-border e-Services, just by using their national eID with full respect to data protection and privacy.
STORK 2.0 takes a significant and pioneer leap from identifying and authenticating citizens, to the ability to authenticate legal entities and citizens and link the citizen to their role in the business world. STORK 2.0 will be linking the citizen and legal entities to attributes, delegations and mandates.
By enabling cross border and sector interoperability for legal entity eIDs a wealth of new pan European applications and services can be facilitated.
STORK 2.0 contributed to the realization of a single European electronic identification and authentication area. It does so by building on the results of STORK, establishing interoperability of different approaches at national and EU level, eID for persons, eID for legal entities and the facility to mandate.
The obtained outcomes are:
- Common specifications for interoperable legal identities and mandates, on top of the interoperability infrastructure developed in STORK, following privacy rules (Art. 29 Working Party) and enabling secure working;
- Common Building blocks (Common code) including National integration - based on the specifications for interoperable components;
- Analysis of legal issues such as privacy/data protection, liability, different National regimes;
- An update of the QAA model to include legal entities and mandate agreements;
- Four cross-border pilots running in real life settings with real impact demonstrating the use and societal impact of the cross border and cross sector infrastructure developed: Academic Qualifications, eBanking, Public Services for Businesses and Health.
The importance of STORK and STORK 2.0 must be related to European mobility of citizens and businesses and the tearing down of borders and incompatible technological, procedural, organizational and even legal barriers: today, companies that want to start a business in a new EU state, or people who want take a job abroad, or access benefits, have to spend a long time going through a range of bureaucratic procedures. This makes it harder to carry out cross-border working, slows down the process of developing a more open market and restricts economic growth.
STORK is already providing the fundamental infrastructure for citizens secure authentication to cross-border services in the fields of eProcurement, eHealth, eJustice, Civil Registries and Services Directive implementation. Building on STORK results, STORK2.0 will extend the European eID interoperability layer in order to improve the convergence between the public and private sector on eID and will provide electronic authentication to physical persons with powers or mandated to represent legal persons.
STORK and STORK 2.0 make a powerful contribution to accelerated deployment of electronic services for European citizens and businesses no matter their origin, fostering European competitiveness in the global Knowledge Economy.