- What does STORK stand for?
- What is it all about?
- Who is involved?
- What benefits will the project bring?
- What is unique about STORK?
- What is the project funding?
- Will my private information remain private?
- What eID pilots will be included in STORK?
- How will EU Member States not currently taking part be involved?
- What technologies will STORK implement?
- How will the project be managed?
- How can I get involved?
- If a citizen does not have computer access how can he/she benefit?
- How can I find out more information and stay updated?
The STORK project will make it easier for citizens and businesses to access online public services across borders by developing and testing common specifications for mutual recognition of national electronic identity (eID) between participating countries. It will do so by:
- Developing common rules and specifications to assist mutual recognition of eIDs across national borders;
- Testing, in real life environments, secure and easy-to-use eID solutions for citizens and businesses;
- Interacting with other EU initiatives to maximise the usefulness of eID services.
The project includes 17 countries , with a total of 32 consortium partners. The consortium is a mix of public and private sector organisations.
- People will be able to authenticate themselves securely and easily to access online Government services across Europe, using their national eID system;
- The resulting simplification of administrative formalities will make it easier and cheaper to live and work in different EU countries, and to set up and operate businesses across the EU;
- People will be able to use cross-border services over the Internet without the need to visit the country in advance;
- The security of on-line transactions will be strengthened through increased use of eID services to authenticate users;
- Secure interoperable eID authentication will encourage the growth of online services;
- Common specifications at EU level will reduce the costs of implementing eID services;
- Interoperable eID authentication is a key enabler for the EU Services Directive, helping Member States to set up single points of contact for access to Government services;
STORK will provide a focal point for electronic identity initiatives in the EU, both nationally and internationally, and bring together not only participating countries but a much wider audience through its Reference Group and Industry Forum.
The project will cost approximately 20.000.000 Euros over three years, of which 50% will be funded by the European Commission as part of its Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.
STORK will not involve any sharing of personal data without the consent of the user. Throughout the project, steps will be taken to ensure that only the minimal amount of data transfer and processing is completed, and that rights to access, correct and ultimately delete personal data are maintained in line with Data Protection regulations.
STORK will test cross-border services in five areas:
- 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)
- Student Mobility, to help people who want to study in different Member States;
- Electronic Delivery, to develop cross-border mechanisms for secure online delivery of documents;
- Change of Address, to assist people moving across EU borders.
The STORK Reference Group will be open to all Member States and allow them to provide feed-back and input to the project.
No decisions have yet been made. STORK will be as technology-transparent as possible and ensure interoperability solutions can operate with existing national eID systems. STORK will rely as much as possibly on open standards. Industry representatives are encouraged to interact with the project by contributing to the STORK Industry Forum.
The Executive Board chaired by the Project Co-ordinator will manage the project and report to the General Assembly including representatives of all Consortium Partners. The Member States Council will provide strategic leadership and direction to the General Assembly and Executive Board.
- The STORK Member States Reference Group will include representatives of all EU Member States not already in the project and of key EU institutional stakeholders.
- The STORK Industry Group will be an open forum to which we will invite interested industrial and academic organizations to send representatives.
- In addition, we will run informal focus groups across participating countries and organize a number of workshops and thematic seminars.
STORK is aiming for inclusivity and will work with national e-inclusivity programs to help those who do not have access to online services from home.
Our website (http://www.eid-stork.eu) provides up-to-date information on STORK.