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STORK is a competitiveness and innovation framework programme, co-funded by EU. It aims at implementing an EU wide interoperable system for recognition of eID and authentication that will enable businesses, citizens and government employees to use their national electronic identities in any Member State. It will also pilot transborder eGovernment identity services and learn from practice on how to roll out such services, and to experience what benefits and challenges an EU wide interoperability system for recognition of eID will bring.
The STORK interoperable solution for electronic identity (eID) is based on a distributed architecture that will pave the way towards full integration of EU e-services while taking into account specifications and infrastructures currently existing in EU Member States. The solution provided is intended to be robust, transparent, safe to use and scalable, and should be implemented in such a way that it is sustainable beyond the life of the pilot. 
The project will: 
  • Develop common rules and specifications to assist mutual recognition of eIDs across national borders;
  • Test, in real life environments, secure and easy-to-use eID solutions  for citizens and businesses;
  • Interact with other EU initiatives to maximize the usefulness of eID services.
It will do so by preparing for and implementing several pilots with services that will have significant potential impact and are adequately secure, by making use of open standards where possible and respecting with data protection regulations.
The pilots will test the common specification on eID for several applications that have a substantial impact on eGovernment across Europe: 
  • A demonstrator showing that cross-border electronic services can operate in a number of Member States. The applications include national portals from Austria (help.gv.at), Estonia (eesti.ee), Germany (mein-service-BW), Portugal (portaldocidadao.pt) and the UK, one regional portal from Catalonia in Spain and one specific service for compliance activities for working in Belgium (limosa.be)
  • The saferchart pilot will build a platform for safer online environment where people can communicate on-line using their eIDs and demonstrate its use in a comprehensive pilot project.
  • The eID Student Mobility pilot will facilitate students’ mobility across Europe from one University to another in several MS. This will mainly enable foreign students to get access to any on line administrative service offered by a particular University using their national eID card of origin for eIdentification or eSignature purposes.
  • The eID Electronic delivery pilot will demonstrate cross-border electronic delivery based on the existing domestic infrastructure. This delivery is essential for eGovernment to conclude transactional processes electronically and inter alia also requested by the Service Directive to be able to transact administrative procedures fully electronically.
  • The Change of Address for EU citizens pilot will test the usage of eIDauthentication to support the electronic process of address change of EU Citizens that move abroad to other Member States. Since this service has a great impact on the mobility of citizens, it has been included as one of the 20 basic services within the i2010 EU Commission eGOV Action Plan.
You can find more information about STORK at FAQ.
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