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e-SENS Newsletter - Issue No 1

After seven months, e-SENS welcomes you to the inaugural issue of the project newsletter. The project partners have been actively engaged in project work since the 1st of April 2013 focusing on examining and learning from the experiences of the previous Large Scale Pilot (LSP) Projects and also from other related initiatives. This process was necessary to establish a baseline with respect to the required solutions and standards to be used by e-SENS modules. The project was officially inaugurated by the European Commission on the 14th of August. The Commission approved a budget of € 13.7m to support e-SENS in the development of cross-border digital public services. We formally started work towards the creation of a Digital Single Market in Europe.

In this first issue of e-SENS newsletter, we are happy to provide you with information on activities undertaken by the project partners and some initial results. You will also find information on upcoming events with e-SENS participation as well updates from LSP projects.

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e-SENS news

  • Architectural Stock Taking

    In the first months of the e-SENS project the focus of work package 6 (Bulding Blocks Provision) has been creating a project setup. This includes a stocktaking of Building Blocks from both previous Large Scale projects (e-CODEX, epSOS, SPOCS, STORK, PEPPOL) and other relevant European and National projects (e.g. ePrior, EEESI, Mades, ePrior, xRoads). The aim of the stocktaking is to get an overview of architectures and solutions in order to evaluate these and create the foundation for planning the work in WP6. We have also invested a significant level of effort into working closely with other work packages to make our cooperation with them as efficient as possible.

    Read more about architectural Stock Taking
  • Choosing Real-Life cases for piloting

    The e-SENS Pilots are the workbench that will test the solutions from a technical point of view and from an operational point of view. The use cases that will be selected must deal with the real needs that derive from citizens, companies and Member States and Associated Countries. The pilots should also be aligned with a number of different European policies. A pilot identification and selection process is now underway, where the representatives of the beneficiaries in each domain propose the national pilot intentions that will be supported by the e-SENS project. The representatives of the beneficiaries with the support of specific domain experts will also assist in the decisions within the domains and for the selection of the pilots in general.

    Read more about e-SENS pilots
  • Sustainability of technical modules

    To provide interoperable solutions for cross-border public services in Europe, we need to assess sustainability and maturity of existing building blocks. Task T3.1 of e-SENS Work Package 3 has proposed guidelines to the assessment of the sustainability and maturity of the building blocks to support this task. The assessment procedure comprises proposal, consideration, assessment, and recommendation steps. During a specific assessment, relevant criteria are selected depending on the target submitted for evaluation - the Guidelines are flexible and should help with assessment. The document is already available on e-SENS website .

    Read more about the assessment of Building Blocks


Meet e-SENS at events


LSP news

LSP stands for “Large Scale Pilot” projects co-funded by the CIP ICT-PSP programme aimed at delivering public services online. e-SENS is a another LSP project that takes over the technical solutions developed by projects such as: e-CODEX, epSOS, PEPPOL, SPOCS, STORK. Sharing the same common goal, LSP projects cooperate closely and follow each other’s steps. Learn the latest news from LSP projects:

  • e-CODEX

    The first wave of e-CODEX pilots officially commenced this summer. In July, Austria, Estonia, Germany and Italy started piloting on the European Payment Order (EPO) procedure - as first part of the Civil Claims Procedures - after conducting successful tests. This procedure will allow citizens, businesses or a representative to claim money from a person or a company in another country, for instance regarding an unpaid bill, by filling in online and sending the claim directly to the competent court. The answer from the court will then also be electronically.

  • epSOS pilot extended for patients in Portugal

    Since 1st July 2013 Portuguese citizens are able to make use of the epSOS Patient Summary service when going to another epSOS piloting country. Portugal initiated its pilot by including 25 primary healthcare institutions in the Northern region and making one million patient summaries accessible. Since then, the Portuguese pilot has grown and currently includes a total of 100 primary healthcare institutions and over 3 million patient summaries. Next steps include the launch of Patient Summary service for ingoing epSOS patients.

    Additional Participating Nations (PN) are well on their way towards launching epSOS pilots. Activities to launch a pilot by end of the year are proceeding well in Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden.

    To see more news from epSOS download the recent newsletter

  • STORK 2.0 meets eID experts during its 1st Industry Group meeting

    STORK 2.0 successfully organized its 1st Industry Group meeting last September 26th during the World eID Congress, held in Nice, France. The 90-minute session, attended by over 30 international representatives of the eID industry, was aimed at informing the participants about the project and creating an open space for discussion and opinion sharing. The meeting received very positive feedback and many questions were raised, covering a wide scope of topics such as the potential inclusion of new countries, ensuring interoperability, interfederation, commercialization, etc.

    In order to engage stakeholders more proactively, STORK 2.0 invites interested people/organizations to join the project as Special Advisors and have the possibility to influence the project’s outcomes. Upon signing a non-disclosure agreement, Special Advisors will be granted access to confidential information such as early versions of deliverables and will be able to give valuable inputs to the project partners.

    Learn more about:
    Member States Special Advisory Group
    Industry Special Advisory Group

  • openPEPPOL

    In a recent position paper, OpenPEPPOL welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement, and supports the objective of the Directive to remove market access barriers in cross border public procurement. The position paper gives recommendations in five areas where further improvements are needed if the regulatory steps now taken at EU level are to be successful.

    The OpenPEPPOL Position Paper can be downloaded here


Upcoming e-SENS deliverables

  • WP 3 – Sustainability and long-term governance

    D3.2 Assessment on the maturity of building blocks (December 2013)
    D3.3 Report on the integrated view of LSP strategies (November 2013)
    D3.4 Preliminary proposal for governance body (November 2013)
    D3.5 Preliminary proposal for long-term sustainability within the CEF (December 2013)

  • WP 4 – Project Legal Expertise Centre

    D4.1 Inventory of legal issues encountered by LSPs, including identification of unexplored legal issues (November 2013)

  • WP 6 – Building Blocks Provision

    D6.1 Executable ICT Baseline Architecture no 1 (November 2013)

    Deliverables submitted to the European Commission will be available on e-SENS website.


The e-SENS newsletter is published by IT.NRW. The views expressed are purely those of the authors and may not in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the whole consortium or the European Commission. Neither IT.NRW nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for the use that may be made of the information in this publication.

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