Report on the state of pan-European eIDM initiatives

This report charts the origins and scope of the ambitions for European eID interoperability, and looks specifically at how these are reflected in three specific initiatives: First, the eID Roadmap from the European Comission is examined. The eID roadmap outlines the European eID goals to be reached by 2010, and defines a number of specific objectives and milestones that should be covered along the way. Second, the recently initiated STORK Project is discussed. STORK aims at developing a series of pilot projects which should be available to citizens of several European countries, using the identification/authentication means favoured by the governments of those countries. Third, the report examines the efforts surrounding the implementation of the Services Directive. The Services Directive requires Member States to put electronic points of single contact in place by December 2009, which service providers from any Member State should be able to use to complete the necessary procedures and formalities in order to be allowed to offer their services in the relevant country. All of these initiatives have the potential to act as a catalyst in furthering the European vision for eID interoperability. However, in order to do so, it is important to assess their role and contributions in the general strategy for eID interoperability, to determine the relationship between these initiatives, and to identify any remaining gaps or inconsistencies.

Hans Graux, time.lex law offices, Belgium, Jos Dumortier, time.lex law offices, Belgium

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