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What is the Member State Reference Group?

This group is composed by representatives of all EU Member States (and EES members) not already in the project. It is set up as an open forum where EU Member States and Associated countries which are not already part of the project could remain fully informed of developments throughout its duration and feedback their comments to the Consortium. Membership in the Reference Group has however been opened to gather a larger community than only EU Member States. More specifically, the MS Reference Group is open to representatives of MS national authorities, EEA member states, EU candidate states, and potential EU candidate states, in charge of electronic identity.

Interested stakeholders may join and participate in the group by first registering to the STORK 2.0 website and then submitting the relevant form.

The MS Special Advisory Group is a subgroup of the MS Reference Group and it has a new role.

What does the Member State Reference Group offer you?

  • Stay fully abreast of STORK 2.0 progress, developments and contribution towards building the base for a future widespread use of eID (with exchange of attributes like roles, mandates and academic merits) for legal and natural person’s identification across borders, contributing to Europe’s leadership role of the eID market.
  • Through the group’s collaborative forum, Member States have the opportunity to provide feedback, share knowledge and exchange good practice, as well as to make proposals with respect to their own policy and other requirements so as to ensure functional and procedural compatibility of their own identity management solutions.
  • STORK 2.0 offers the opportunity to other MS to play an important role in benefitting from and enriching the results of the project through knowledge sharing via open workshops, focus groups and dissemination channels.
  • Member States have the opportunity to improve the interoperability of applications that already exist or that are planned at national level with the STORK infrastructural model and standards enabling interoperability of the identification of natural and legal persons and other sectoral identification.

Who can join the Reference Group?

The Member States Reference Group was set up as an open forum where EU Member States and Associated countries which are not already part of the project could remain fully informed of developments throughout its duration and feedback their comments to the Consortium. Membership in the Reference Group has however been opened to gather a larger community than only EU Member States. More specifically, the MS Reference Group is open to representatives of MS national authorities, EEA member states, EU candidate states, and potential EU candidate states, in charge of electronic identity.

How can I register and join the group?

You may easily join the MS Reference Group. The first step is to register to the STORK 2.0 website. Once registration has been completed, you must fill out and submit the membership form which can be found– together with additional information on the group – at the "Member States Get Involved" box on the left hand margin of the homepage.

Registration will give users access to the dedicated workspace for the Member States Reference Group allowing information on the description of the project, updates on the project, marketing materials, relevant events and news, a collaborative space related to our findings as well as open forum discussions with our consortium. Member states can also register offline in workshops that will be organized as parallel sessions of related conferences.

Member States Reference Group Events

The MS Reference Group will meet once a year during the 3-year life of the project. Information on past and upcoming events will be posted in the Member States Reference Group area of the site at "Internal calendar" section.

For the time being, Member States can:
  • visit and register to the portal
  • get informed about latest news and available materials regarding the project
  • collaborate in the specific workspaces
  • send us articles and publications
  • subscribe to STORK 2.0 Newsletter
  • participate in the forums of the portal
  • recommend the STORK portal
  • follow the project’s social profiles in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • inform us of events relevant to the project’s thematic field!