A Roadmap for a pan-European eIDM Framework by 2010

DG Information Society and Media


Based on the key principles and subsequent design criteria, the Roadmap presents a series of building blocks that need to be brought in place in order to put pan-European eID into practice by 2010. In order to guide the process, several supporting activities will need to be undertaken, such as the ones presented below.

Building blocks

The Roadmap requires a number of building blocks to be taken into account, covering principles of European eIDM, infrastructural choices and usability considerations. All of these elements need to be considered when making choices regarding the realisation of the milestones described below.

It should be noted that these elements should not be considered as “building blocks” in the most literal sense of the metaphor, implying that one block can be completed and that others can thereafter be stacked on top. Rather, they should be considered as a collection of essential elements, each supporting the other, and in continuous interaction. No building block can be considered complete or finalised until or others have been put in place; a consideration which is most obvious for fundamental building blocks such as trust and awareness (including security concerns), and data protection issues which underpin all other blocks. Thus, the realisation of the building blocks is an iterative process requiring continuous (re-)evaluation.

These building locks include:

  • Fundamental requirements: a consistent eIDM terminology, creation and maintenance of user trust and awareness, and the realisation of a personal data ownership/stewardship model that also takes into account privacy requirements mapped on a Member State level.
  • Infrastructural requirements: a clear conceptual framework (including common specifications), the definition of authentication levels, choice of data formats and standardisation issues, implementation of role and mandate management, information security and legal issues (including data quality and liability).
  • Usability requirements: validation of solution models and business models, cooperation between public and private sectors and ensuring a harmonious user experience.

(The Roadmap)