As part of the project, twelve-month pilot schemes will be organised in four areas: e-learning and academic qualifications, online banking services, public services for companies and e-health. These pilot schemes will enable the capabilities and benefits of interoperable online identity to be demonstrated in a real environment.
Spain is already significantly involved in the project given that, as well as the ministry, the Universitat Jaume I, the Universidad de Murcia, and the companies Atos España and SCYTL form part of the consortium responsible for its implementation. 58 partners from 19 countries in total are involved.
This initiative is being co-financed by the European Union under the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (ICT-PSP), which has been implemented to facilitate the creation and adoption of a single, interoperable and sustainable area for Europe on the online identification and authentication of both individuals and legal entities.
The project tackles representation by electronic means through the development of tools for the management of powers and mandates that may be widely used throughout the European Union within a general framework based on a high level of data protection. A broader, more secure Europe in which communication flows freely and unites borders.
The initiative will encourage convergence between the public and private sectors at both national and European levels for secure and easy access to cross-border public services by using digital identification credentials, thus achieving progress on the construction of a single digital market for public and commercial services.