AgID, in a partnership with Infocert S.p.A.,Turin Polytechnic Institute, Telecom Italia S.p.A., was awarded with the call to create the Italian eIDAS-Node in the CEF-Telecom eID 2014 call for tenders.
The FICEP (First Italian Crossborder eIDAS Proxy) project is the country's first interoperability platform for European digital identity systems, i.e., an Italian cross-border server: its implementation enables the circularity of Italian digital identities between all EU member states under Regulation (EU) No 910-2014 on digital identity.
With the FICEP project and the creation of a national eIDAS-Node, European citizens who have national eIDAS digital identities may access the services that the Italian public administrations offer with the eIDAS login.
At the same time, Italian citizens may access the online services of other EU countries (e.g., university services, banking services, services offered by public administrations and other online services) using the credentials obtained in the Public Digital Identity System known as SPID.
The Italian eIDAS-Node successfully passed the validation tests on the correct implementation and interoperability conducted by the European Commission's Directorate-General of Informatics (DIGIT), which were completed on 12 May 2017. After Spain, Austria and Croatia, Italy is the fourth European country to have an operational eIDAS-Node.
The FICEP project was implemented with a new technological development for the Italian public administration: the FICEP project's infrastructure was entirely built within a Virtual Data Center on CloudPA, the community cloud that uses the Lot 1 services of the SPC CLOUD master agreement, based on the OpenStack platform.
Under currently applicable legislation, AgID acts as an Italian eIDAS-Node operator and is assisted by FICEP project partners in the updating and testing of the various components comprising the Italian eIDAS-Node.