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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.
Learn what progress has been made towards achieving the ambitious goals of providing interoperable solutions for cross-border public services in Europe.
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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 cross-border context.

    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.

    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.

    Read more about the technical work
  • 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.
    Access D3.2 Assessment on the maturity of building blocks.

    Read more about the results of the assessment
  • Overview of sustainability plans of Large Scale Pilots

    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 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


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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:

  • epSOS

    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 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.

  • e-CODEX

    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 serious crime.

    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.

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  • OpenPEPPOL

    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 European governments.

  • STORK 2.0

    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 Force

    The meeting was held back-to-back with the SEMIC conference, which took place in Athens on 9th April 2014.

    For any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at
    You can 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 interview here.


e-SENS deliverables

The deliverables will be available on e-SENS website soon -

The deliverables currrently available are pending EC approval.


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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