Directorate-General for Informatics Interoperability solutions for European public administrations (ISA) – European Commission
Speaks at ID WORLD on Citizen Centric Services
John Stienen is working at the European Commission’s programme on Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA). His work focuses on activities regarding electronic signatures, electronic identities and secure data communication. He worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations before he joined DG Informatics at the European Commission in 2008. In the Netherlands Mr. Stienen was working on information security policy and electronic authentication. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology.
“Interoperability and cross-border recognition of eID in Europe”
Electronic identity (eID) technologies and authentication services are essential for transactions on the internet both in the private and public sectors. Today the most common way to authenticate is the use of passwords, as was shown in the study eID interoperability for pan European e-Government services, which was published by the European Commission in 2010. For many applications this may be sufficient, but more secure solutions are increasingly needed. Furthermore most public online services do not work across borders to the detriment of the mobility of businesses and citizens. Public authorities have so far focused on national needs and have not sufficiently taken into account the single market dimension of e-Government. Yet several single market initiatives and legal instruments (such as the Services Directive or the eProcurement Action Plan) rely on the possibility for businesses to interact and do business with public administrations by electronic means and across borders. Europe needs better administrative cooperation to develop and deploy cross-border public online services. To this end a pilot project was launched by the Commission that aims to achieve the recognition of electronic IDs across borders.
The contribution will address the preliminary results of the pilot project and policy initiatives at the European level, such as the Digital Agenda for Europe and the upcoming European e-Government Action Plan 2011-2015.