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Cross Border Digital Services (CBDS) Programme

The CBDS Programme is a strategic initiative from the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) that aims to accelerate the digital transformation of the Nordic-Baltic region. The program will increase mobility and integration across the region through the development and deployment of cross-border digital services. This will benefit citizens, businesses, and public authorities in the region.

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    The CBDS Programme was launched in 2020 by NCM. It supports the vision of making the Nordic-Baltic region the most integrated region in the world by 2030. The program facilitates close co-operation on selected digital services and data exchange between public authorities in region.

    The Building Blocks of the CBDS Programme

    The CBDS Programme contains four building blocks:

    1. Building secure and trusted eID interoperability
    2. Promoting cross-border data-exchange between authorities
    3. Enabling digital services across borders
    4. Open funding mechanism – CBDS Fund

    Nordic-Baltic e-ID – Building secure and trusted e-ID interoperability

    A key component supporting cross-border digitisation, is the use of national electronic identities (e-IDs) by citizens and businesses to gain access to digital services in other countries. The framework for Nordic-Baltic e-ID cooperation is the Nordic-Baltic eID Project (NOBID), which gathers e-ID experts from the whole region.

    The NOBID project is headed by the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Digitaliseringsdirektoratet) and aims to deliver legal and technical e-ID interoperability in the region. The project establishes service concepts for digital cross-border exchange of authoritative information for natural persons and legal entities, including semantics and Service Level Agreements (SLAs). NOBID has succeeded in establishing e-ID interoperability between Nordic and Baltic countries and continues the cooperation to ensure compliance with the eIDAS regulation.

    Contact information for the NOBID project:

    Project Manager: Tor Alvik, Norwegian Digitalisation Agency

    E-mail: tor.alvik@digdir.no

    Promoting cross-border data-exchange between authorities

    The secure cross-border exchange of both personal and other data is essential for the mobility of citizens and business transactions. To achieve this, the project “Achieving the World’s Smoothest Cross-Border Mobility and Daily Life through Digitalisation” will create a shared model and practices for improving the effectiveness of cross-border data-exchange. During the project period (2021–2023), permanent solutions for cross-border data-exchange and cooperation between authorities will be created.

    Contact information for the project

    Project Manager: Torbjörn Sandell, The Finnish Digital Agency

    E-mail: torbjorn.sandell@dvv.fi

    Enabling cross-border digital services

    The CBDS programme focuses on digital services supporting three life events: studying abroad, working abroad, and doing business abroad. Value-adding and beneficial projects related to all these life events are the core of the CBDS programme. Each of these life events will be headed by one lead country. Currently, the life event studying abroad is headed by Finland and managed by the Finnish Agency for Education. Projects for the other two life events are still under consideration.

    Studying abroad

    Student mobility and attracting international students are priority areas for Nordic-Baltic cooperation on education. The CBDS programme aims to enhance this cooperation, strengthen student mobility in the region and increase the attractiveness of the Nordic and Baltic region. It will achieve this by streamlining administrative processes, fostering seamless exchange of student data and by giving students easy access to digital services for education.

    Examples of digital services that this project will support include the submission of initial applications for public tertiary education, requesting academic recognition of diplomas, certificates or other proof of studies or courses, and applying for study grants and loans from public institutions. The project is headed by Finland and managed by the Finnish Agency for Education.

    Contact information for the project

    Project manager: Riikka Rissanen, The Finnish National Agency for Education

    E-mail: riikka.rissanen@oph.fi

    The Open Funding Mechanism

    A tender, supporting the realisation of the Programmes’ aim and objectives, will be launched later this year. The scope and content of the tender will be determined by the CBDS-programme committee and the High-level Group (HNG-Digital).

    The CBDS-Programme Secretariat oversees all practical issues relating to the tender, on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

    If you have questions or comments, please contact the CBDS-Programme Secretariat at cbds.secretariat@digdir.no.

    For general inquiries about the programme or projects in the portfolio

    CBDS Secretariat

    The CBDS secretariat is managed by the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency.