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A model enabling Pan-European electronic identification is in the works

The eID@Cloud project, in which scientists and technicians from five European countries are taking part, aims to integrate all the infrastructure of digital services for European electronic identification (DSI) on electronic platforms in the cloud, following the eID regulation (electronic identification).

“eID is an initiative that has been kick-started by the EU so that any citizen from Europe can access electronic services from any other member state. For example, someone from Spain would be able to access services in Norway with their DNI (Spanish Identification Number) without any problems”, explains the head of the eID@Cloud project, Professor Jesús Carretero.

This model, which was presented during the last International Conference on Cybersecurity and Resilience of Cyber Physical Systems, has succeeded in interconnecting five platforms (one for every country taking part: Denmark, Spain, Iceland, Holland and Norway) to eIDAS nodes (from the European electronic identification recognition system), allowing the generic delivery and electronic commerce services of public and private institutions to be used. The idea is this will provide people and companies from the EU with access to the services offered and guarantee cross-border mobility.

“Currently, the creation of the eIDAS nodes is formed by ministries from different countries and only offers services to public entities. What we are doing is also connecting Cloud systems from private service providers”, notes Prof. Carretero.

The development of the model has been carried out thanks to Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an EU funding instrument to promote the development of cross-European networks which are high-performance, sustainable and efficiently interconnected in the areas of transport, energy and digital services. “The advantage of this project is that it will be able to expand and include electronic identification in any document exchange. This way, for example, you can send an electronically signed document to Sweden, and Swedish administration will recognise it without any problem with your Spanish digital signature”, concludes Prof. Carretero.

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