EU - SEMPER - Crossborder Semantic Interoperability of Powers and Mandates

Project: Research project

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Electronic identity (eID) initiatives have in many cases started with state-issued credentials for secure authentication of natural persons. While citizen eID is a major leap, e-business and e-government processes are in many cases carried out by legal persons or professional representatives. Electronic powers of representation and mandates allow natural persons to act on behalf of other natural or legal persons. Comprehensive mandate systems that seamlessly integrate with the national identity management (IDM) system are still rare. This has been confirmed by a “Study about cross-border interoperability of powers and mandates” within the ISA2 2016-12 action. The most advanced countries in terms of e-mandates offerings are Austria with its “Online Mandate System” and Netherlands with its “DigiD Machtigen”. Currently, the cross-border use of these mandates is limited, mostly due to different legal, organisational, semantic and technical (LOST) barriers. This project aims to bridge this gap by providing solutions for cross-border powers of representation and e-mandates by taking into account all LOST layers. The goal is to achieve a harmonized definition of e-mandates and to enhance the eIDAS Interoperability Framework with appropriate elements on protocol level and integration modules for connecting national mandate management infrastructures. By doing so, on the one hand Service Providers will be able to allow the representation of legal or natural persons within their eIDAS enabled services and on the other hand eIDAS node operators will be able to not only connect to their national identity providers but to also access national mandate management infrastructures, either through their Identity Providers or directly as Attribute Providers. Both use-cases of retrieving e-mandate attributes from mandate management systems and providing e-mandate attributes will be demonstrated and piloted within the project in a cross-border context between project partners. This is ensured by having partners in the consortium with the most advanced e-mandate infrastructures in the EU and by piloting e-mandate use-cases in areas with highly relevant needs for powers of representation. The project will rely on existing experience from previous projects like STORK 2.0 and align its activities with ISA2 action 2016-12 for semantic interoperability of e-mandates and the eIDAS Group Technical Subgroup to ensure that its results are fed back to the community and all EU MS can benefit from its experience and best-practice.
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/20


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