The scope of the pilot is to enable existing Member State online public services to be accessed securely by citizens from other Member States. To access these services citizens will use their own nationally issued electronic identity credentials.
Cross-Border Authentication for Electronic Services
The existing services that that will be connected to the interoperability layer will be the national citizen portals from Austria, Estonia, Germany and Portugal. The Belgian Limosa service will also be connected.
The electronic identity credentials that will be part of the pilot will be the ID Cards from Austria, Estonia, Portugal and Belgium. The Icelandic debit card and Estonian mobile eID will also be used.
Example Use Case
A German resident is planning to work in Belgium. The resident needs to go through the compliance activity that is required by Belgium. This is an online service provided by Belgium’s Limosa portal. The German resident is able to assert their identity electronically, using their ID Card, in order to register with the Limosa service. The resident is in control of their data and transfers it to the Limosa service. The Limosa service can now place a higher level of trust in the identity data of the user and hence provide a better and more efficient service.
Data protection, security and the customers privacy are all of paramount importance in the pilot.
Goals of the Pilot
The goal of the pilot is to enhance these production services in order to test and demonstrate that cross-border electronic services can operate in a number of European Member States. The pilot will:
- Test that it is possible to deliver technical interoperability between the electronic services in one Member State with the eID infrastructures in other Member States via the interoperability layer provided by STORK. The operation of the pilot will provide feedback to the common specifications.
- Demonstrate that the common specifications are sufficiently flexible and scalable for the EU interoperability layer to accommodate a range of national services.
- Test and implement the trust framework by operating services requiring different authentication levels.
- Test that it is possible for citizens to use a variety of credentials to access cross border services.
- Assess ease of use and take-up of cross-border e-ID services.