Our Speaker
Tor Alvik
Head of Digital Strategies and Coordination
Ministry of Local Government and Modernization
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Meet our Speaker: Tor Alvik

Tor Alvik works at the Agency for Public Management and e-Government (Difi) in Norway. He has been involved in the development of public sector eID solutions since 2005.


He has been responsible for the development, management, and operation of the Norwegian ID-gateway and MinID solution.

Today, Alvik is responsible for the strategic development of eID in Norway. He also leads Difi’s team involved in connecting Norwegian and European infrastructures through the EU-programs CEF Digital and ISA².


The introduction of the eIDAS regulation and cross-border authentication mechanisms are central in this.

eTalk: NOBID Cooperation

By Tor Alvik, Head of Digital Strategies and Coordination, Ministry of Local Government and Modernization, DIFI, Norway

The Nordic-Baltic region is well-positioned to show the way for digitalisation of Europe. A mature eID infrastructure and high-quality base registers lay the basis for access to services and flow of information cross-border in the region. The cross-border use of eID can be the single most important measure in making day-to-day life easier for the region’s residents when dealing with another Nordic-Baltic country. 


The Nordic council of ministers has established the MR-digital which will promote a cohesive and integrated digital Nordic region. One of the foundations for the co-operation on digitalisation is the joint declaration made by Nordic and Baltic ministers at a ministerial meeting. The declaration expressed a desire to strengthen digital co-operation in the region and to leverage its leading position in order to spearhead the realization of a digital single market and to develop a cohesive digital infrastructure in the region for the benefit of its residents, businesses, and public administrations.

The Nordic-Baltic eID project (NOBID) sets out “[…] to enable unique identity number usage across borders and to facilitate cooperation between national infrastructures for the use of electronic authentication (eID) in accordance with the eIDAS-regulation […]” as set out in the declaration from MR. Digital.

Based on the eIDAS regulation this project investigates services where Nordic and Baltic citizens could benefit from cross-border eID interoperability and takes initiatives to the removal of legal barriers and the establishment of technical solutions.

The project draws attention to three areas of importance for the success of the cross-border use of national eIDs:

  • The interconnection of national eID infrastructures

  • Address and solve legal issues critical for the cross-border use of national person identifiers

  • Identification highlighting and promotion of services with high user benefit

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