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Wednesday, 21 December 2022 10:33

NOBID Consortium to launch payments pilot for EU digital ID wallet

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A multi-country consortium consisting of European identity experts has been chosen to deliver a cross-border payments pilot, for the European Commission’s (EC) EU digital identity wallet program.

The EU digital identity wallet is a secure app that, when it comes into being, is designed allow citizens across the continent to easily verify their ID, access public and private services and store sensitive digital documents in one place.

In September 2022, it was announced that the six countries involved (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and Norway) would be part of the consortium, led by NOBID (Nordic-Baltic eID Project), to pilot widely used EU priority use cases for the wallet – payments.

Last week it was announced that the NOBID Consortium will be one of the EU digital identity pilots, and will receive funding from the EC's DIGITAL Europa Programme to commence the pilot from March 2023.

The consortium will now go into a contracting and grant negotiation process with the EC.

“We are honoured and privileged to have the EU Commission´s trust in piloting and shaping the future of digital payments and digital identity in Europe," said Tor Alvik, Project Manager of the consortium.

"Together with all our partners, we will make use of our experience and highly mature digital identity infrastructures in the NOBID consortium countries to deliver a successful large-scale payments-pilot of the EU Digital ID Wallet”

The consortium says it is being actively supported by leading digital government agencies, banks, enterprises and technology providers and will leverage the mature digital identity infrastructures of the six respective nations.

The consortium’s proposal focuses on payments, one of the top priority use cases in the EU’s digital ID wallet vision.

Its implementation aims to leverage existing payment infrastructure to enable payment issuance, instant payments, account-to-account transfers and payment acceptance both in-store and online.

The project has support from banking and payments organisations, including DSGV in Germany, DNB and BankID in Norway, Nets in Denmark, Intesa Sanpaolo, PagoPA and ABILab in Italy and Greiðsluveitan in Iceland.

Technology partners participating in the consortium include Thales, iProov, Signicat, RB, Auðkenni, IPZS, Poste Italiane, Intesi Group, InfoCert, FBK and Latvian State Radio and Television Centre.

Merchants that will be testing out the payment solution include Elkjøp in Norway and REWE-group in Germany.


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