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e-SENS Newsletter - Issue No 2
Welcome to the second issue of the e-SENS newsletter.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to present our work and
its outcomes after the first year of the project.
During the past months e-SENS has made significant
progress towards preparation for the piloting phase. This
edition of the Newsletter describes the effort made towards
defining piloting use cases within selected domains. These
will enable European citizens and businesses to reap the full
benefits of the European Single Market in various areas of
life. The piloting exercises will also enable the testing of
Building Blocks in real-life environments. In that regard,
this newsletter describes the steps that have been taken to
define a foundation for work on the ICT architecture. One of
the important tasks was the first assessment of e-SENS
building blocks that was carried out recently within the
project. It aimed to provide feedback on the maturity of
technical components, and resulted in recommendations for
their improvement. It is a priority to deliver high-quality
technical components that can be used in various domains.
This will not only provide benefits for citizens
operating in the European market, but also offer a unique
chance for the IT industry to take up the technical solutions
and create new business opportunities.
progress has been made towards achieving the ambitious goals
of providing interoperable solutions for cross-border public
services in Europe.
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The e-SENS newsletter team would like to
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Piloting use cases defined
The vision of e-SENS, and WP5 (Piloting) in particular,
is to demonstrate that it is feasible, realistic and
sustainable to deploy real-life ICT services within and
among countries across Europe. This will be done by
launching production pilots, where actual transactions
among public administrations, or between them and European
citizens or businesses, will take place. All pilots will
be based on technological building blocks used in a
A great deal of activity and discussions took place under
Work Package 5 (Piloting) to define valuable and feasible
domain use cases for real-life piloting. A formal decision
on both piloting criteria and pilot selection for Wave 1
was taken at the General Assembly on 25–26 February
2014. A sizeable critical mass of pilots lies within the
initial ambition level of the project, with the first wave
focusing on the domains of e-Procurement, e-Health,
e-Justice and Business Lifecycle.
Learn more about piloting use cases
ICT Baseline Architecture of e-SENS
ICT Baseline Architecture is a key document providing a
foundation for work on ICT architectures.
Read more about the technical work
It is a result of thorough stocktaking of LSP
projects as well as other initiatives. The document
defines four high-level building blocks (HBB): e-ID,
e-Signature, e-Documents and e-Delivery. These will
provide a basis for an interoperable architecture for
e-SENS. A set of architectural building blocks (ABB) and
solution building blocks (SBB) is also specified.
Defining the ICT Baseline Architecture required
close cooperation with other work packages. WP3
(sustainability) carried out the first phase of maturity
assessment. The results of the assessment will be
beneficial in improving the quality of solutions provided.
It was also crucial to work with WP5 (Piloting) to capture
pilot requirements. This insight on pilot requirements was
paramount for defining further architectural work in WP6.
Sustainability assessment of e-SENS building blocks
The first cycle of assessment of the sustainability and
maturity of building blocks has been completed. The focus
was on 14 architectural building blocks (ABBs) underlying
4 high-level building blocks: e-ID, e-Delivery,
e-Signature and e-Documents. The methodology used for the
sustainability assessment is described in
“Guidelines to the assessment of the sustainability
and maturity of building blocks”. It is based on
three groups: standardisation criteria, policy alignment
criteria and business needs criteria. For each of these
criteria, questions were posed and answered during the
sustainability assessment. The assessment resulted in
recommendations for improvement of the sustainability and
maturity of the building blocks.
Read more about the results of the assessment
Access D3.2 Assessment on the maturity of building blocks.
Overview of sustainability plans of Large Scale
During recent months, e-SENS has worked to obtain a
concise overview of the sustainability plans of previous
and ongoing Large-scale Pilots. Deliverable 3.3 summarises
these plans and presents a consolidated view of the
different sustainability strategies developed by the five
large-scale pilot projects. The most important finding in
the document is that governance plans are not aligned;
governance model statuses range from an implemented model
in the case of OpenPEPPOL (a public-private NPO), all the
way to epSOS and e-CODEX which are still running and hence
have no sustainable governance in place. DG DIGIT under
the ISA Programme is a solid partner for some LSPs
(e-CODEX, OpenPEPPOL and STORK), where epSOS seems to
diverge with the launch of the EXPAND project that is run
under DG CONNECT. However, all LSPs are based on
international standards. Therefore re-use is central to
e-SENS, i.e. consolidate – improve – extend.
Learn more about LSP sustainability plans
New WebZine edition online!
The fifth edition of the webzine www.buildconnectgrow.eu
has just been published. Production of the WebZine has
been taken over by the e-SENS project. As a
“mother” project that combines the efforts of
previous LSPs, e-SENS will strive to present the recent
efforts of the whole family in building a true European
Single Market without digital borders.
This edition includes a report on the e-CODEX piloting
phase and further expansion of e-ID in Europe. You can
also read about the EXPAND project that will continue the
work of epSOS, and read about new authorities that have
connected to the PEPPOL eProcurement network. Find out
also what piloting domains have been chosen for real-life
testing of e-SENS solutions.
Check out the new edition of the webzine at http://www.buildconnectgrow.eu.
e-SENS at events
Get informed where e-SENS was communicated recently:
Trust in Digital World, 7-8th April, Vienna,
ISSS 2014, 7-8th
April, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
e-health, Telemedicine and health ICT Forum For Education,
Networking and Business, Luxembourg, 9-11th
Government & ICT Fair, 9-10th April,
SEMIC - Semantic Interoperability Conference 2014,
9th April, Athens, Greece
Are you interest to meet us directly? In the e-SENS
calendar you could find all e-SENS events.
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:
The new EXPAND project (Expanding Health Data
Interoperability Services) for interoperable e-health
solutions has been launched, ensuring the continuity of
work done by epSOS. The aim of the EXPAND Thematic Network
is to address the challenge of moving from a set of
point-solution pilots to a large-scale deployment of
cross-border facilities that support Member States in
delivering their local eHealth plans and providing cross-border care.
EXPAND, which launched on 1 January 2014, will operate in
the gap between piloting and deployment, and aims to
secure the sustainability and expandability of epSOS,
which will run until 30 June 2014.
The initial focus of EXPAND will also include securing
the epSOS pilot services or similar services from other
mature pilot projects, up to the launch of the Connecting
Europe Facility (CEF), and providing for a proper handover to CEF.
EXPAND will integrate relevant recommendations from epSOS
and Semantic Healthnet, and will be guided by decisions
taken by the eHealth network (eHN).
Read and download the official EXPAND Kick Off Press Release or visit www.expandproject.eu for further information.
The final epSOS event with workshops and
discussions will take place during the eHealth forum from
12 to 14 May 2014 in Athens, Greece. Among high-level
discussions at the panel session on the results of the
project and eHealth interoperability, a satellite event
with in-depth discussion with the industry on the
technical solution is envisaged.
In July 2013, Austria, Estonia, Germany and Italy started
piloting the European Payment Order (EPO). Users are
showing great interest in the pilot and more than 60
claims have already been digitally submitted through the
e-CODEX infrastructure. e-CODEX will use this experiences
to launch its next wave of pilots during 2014: The
European Small Claims Procedure in the civil law field,
and in the field of criminal law with pilots related for
instance on traffic offences and investigations concerning
To overcome the challenge that not all European citizens
are equipped with electronic signatures and that advanced
electronic signatures are not yet completely
interoperable, an e-CODEX security library was developed
to enable signature verification and the creation of a
“Trust OK”-Token and ASiC-S signature
container. The Gateway and the Connector Framework, the
main components of the e-CODEX transport solution, have
been developed using building blocks from existing Large
Scale Pilots (LSPs). The use of an open standard is one of
its strengths and makes it an interoperable solution
extensible to business areas other than Justice.
Adaptation of the Connector Framework reduces impact on
existing national ICT solutions.
For any other details, please follow the web site: http://www.e-codex.eu/home.html
Launched in September 2012, with four founding members,
the OpenPEPPOL association reached a significant milestone
in March 2014, developing its community which now counts
one hundred member organisations from the public and
private sector, from 18 European countries and Russia.
In order to balance member representation, during the
last OpenPEPPOL General Assembly, on January 29th 2014,
two candidates were selected as new members of the
Managing Committee to represent the service provider and
the user communities respectively. Niels Pagh-Rasmussen,
Executive Architect at IBM Denmark is the representative
of the service providers community; while Scott Bell, Head
of Procurement Policy and Systems at Scottish Procurement
represents the end-user community.
Other relevant PEPPOL developments that took place in
2013 relate to the announcement of the Netherlands and
Russia which adopted PEPPOL specifications for e-Invoicing
and e-Delivery (PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure) with
Poland announcing its adoption in the coming months.
In Norway over 2,7 million electronic invoices based on
PEPPOL were exchanged over the PEPPOL Transport
Infrastructure. The number of PEPPOL Authorities is also
expected to grow in 2014 with the inclusion of other
STORK 2.0 organized a Member States Reference Group
Meeting in Athens on 8th April 2014. The
objectives of the meeting were:
- To inform participants about recent progress on the
STORK 2.0 project
- To inform participants on how to get more actively
involved in the project
- To discuss the implementation of STORK 2.0 solutions
in the context of the Legislation Team (eIDAS) Task
The meeting was held back-to-back with the SEMIC
conference, which took place in Athens on 9th
For any further clarification, please do not hesitate to
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
also read an interview with Frank Leyman, Manager of
Fedict Belgium, which gives an overview of the eID
landscape in Belgium. Interconnection of the various
national eID systems across Europe appears to be a
priority, and STORK is a way to achieve it. Access the
The deliverables will be available on e-SENS website soon -
The deliverables currrently available are pending EC
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