Work Package 3

Sustainability and Long-Term Governance

The goal of Work Package 3 is to pave the way for sustainability and long-term governance of high-level building blocks such as electronic identities, electronic signatures, electronic delivery and electronic documents. These building blocks eventually need to become interoperable within all European Member States and Associated Countries. WP3 will present a proposal for consolidating building blocks that will embrace openness to future technologies, maximise their reach, and sustain competitiveness. Interoperability concerns not only technical aspects, but also governance and the legal structure. The building blocks are expected to become part of the “core services platform” foreseen in the Digital Services Infrastructure defined in the draft regulation on the Connecting Europe Facility. Moreover, WP3 will propose recommendations for further policy development concerning the governance and sustainability of the interoperability architecture of the building blocks. In particular, it will focus on the organisational aspect of long-term governance, and the hand-over to and its relationship with the Connecting Europe Facility.
What are WP3’s tasks?

  • This Work Package has a task structure that supports the objective of the transfer of high-level building blocks for basic cross-sector and cross-border services.
  • During the preparatory phase, an initial set of criteria was defined so as to establish the scope of the building blocks to be selected. As a starting point, criteria for the scoping of building blocks were defined based on the work of the European Commission, such as the European Interoperability Framework and the Common Assessment Method for Standards and Formal Specifications (CAMSS).
  • The next phase focuses on assessing building blocks in terms of long-term sustainability. This includes market and value analysis as well as analysis of compliance with the needs and requirements of future adaptors of the building blocks (e.g. Member States or Associated Countries).
  • The last phase – governance design and governance implementation – aims to provide guidelines ensuring the stable future governance of the European Building Blocks. This includes the development of scenarios for governance as well as recommendations for governance beyond the scope of this project.