In my blog
yesterday I wrote about how the ID card scheme in the UK is being driven by the
eID programme in Europe, and what organisations within the unelected European
Commission are driving that forward.
theme was reference to the PEGSCO secretariat who approves EC e-policy.
I have been searching
extensively through European Commission web sites and through the European
Commission staff directory, using the search criteria PEGSCO secretariat, but it
comes up with only a single name with the reference PEGSCO.
Name Mr. B.
HAUSCHILDT Unit 01 European eGovernment Services (IDABC) Title Programme
Manager – Responsible for IDABC policy evolution and the PEGSCO Secretariat
who apparently reports to this man
Mr. Karel DE VRIENDT Unit 01 European eGovernment Services (IDABC) Title
Head of Unit – IDA
Now my reading of
all of the documents with regard to the eID programme, and of the report to
Parliament, the reporting is the other way around.
The IDA and IDA2 projects finished in 2004, and was
replaced by IDABC, which in turn reports to PEGSCO.
It would appear
that as a secretariat PEGSCO does not exist, and at best it is a one man
Parliamentary Select Committee on European Scrutiny specifically asked
the Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, Mr Pat McFadden for further
information on who and what the mysterious PEGSCO was. I can find no information in parliamentary
papers to assume that he has done that.
This is a mystery
that needs a lot of further investigation. Billions of pounds are being spent
on a programme being run by a non existent secretariat.
If you have any
information with regard to PEGSCO, its members, its terms of reference or its
funding, please let me know.