18 October 2016

Introducing the Porvoo Group

The Porvoo Group is an international cooperative network whose primary goal is to promote a trans-national, interoperable electronic identity based on PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) technology, smart cards and chip ID cards in order to help ensure secure public and private sector e-transactions in Europe.

The group also promotes the introduction of interoperable certificates and technical specifications, the mutual, cross-border acceptance of identification and authentication mechanisms, as well as cross-border, online access to administrative services.

As its name suggests, the Porvoo Group was established in the Finnish city of Porvoo in April 2002. Following the joint initiative by one of the eEurope Smart Card Charter chairmen and the Director General of the Finnish Population Register Centre, the founding meeting took place at Hotel Haikko Manor during the international conference held in conjunction with Public Identity Project of the Smart Card Charter operating under the eEurope 2002 programme.

The Group has seen constant expansion. The majority of its members represent their respective national authorities but representatives of the business community as well as the European Commission and the UN have also contributed to its work. At present, some 30 countries from Europe, North America and Asia have representatives in the Group. Porvoo Group conferences have been attended by more than 100 delegates.

Further information can be found here.