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e-SENS Newsletter - Issue No 3
Welcome to the third issue of the e−SENS newsletter.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to present you with an
overview of the latest e−SENS developments and ongoing processes
for ensuring digital public services across borders.
In this newsletter we provide insight into the European
Interoperability Reference Architecture being developed by
e−SENS, which is a precondition for piloting. You will find a
description of the steps being taken to ensure European
interoperability with consolidated reusable building blocks. You can
also learn about the current status of preparations for
real−life testing and further work foreseen in the course of the
project, including the recruitment of candidates for new piloting
domains. Moreover, concrete actions have already been taken by our
team to ensure the sustainability of the solutions after the project
ends. As a result we can present ideas and intentions regarding a
future governance structure and its implementation in the short,
medium, and long term.
We are also pleased to report on the outcomes of the first
e−SENS European event, which was held on 6−7th
November in Luxembourg. We were happy to welcome a large number of
participants from 23 European countries, representing both the public
and private sectors. The fruitful discussions, numerous searching
questions and points of view presented have given us even more energy
to continue working to make e−Services a reality in Europe.
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e−SENS European Interoperability Reference Architecture on
e−SENS WP6 − Building Block provision − aims to
provide a coherent interoperability architecture with consolidated
reusable building blocks for the implementation of digital
services in Europe. Previous and ongoing LSPs have been delivering
methodologies, specifications and implementations that form the
architectural baseline for the e−SENS project. Following a
comprehensive stocktaking phase, the project is proceeding with
the development of the e−SENS European Interoperability
Reference Architecture (EIRA).
The e−SENS European Interoperability Reference Architecture
(EIRA) is a reference architecture for delivering digital public
services (across borders and sectors). It defines the required
capabilities for promoting interoperability as a set of Solution
Architecture Templates (SATs) such as e−ID,
e−Signature, e−Document and e−Delivery, and
their Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs). The first iteration of
EIRA will be presented in an upcoming deliverable (D6.2) to be
available at the beginning of 2015. This deliverable is a result
of a comprehensive process, where Building Blocks have been
prioritized, put into architectures, aligned with WP5 pilots, and
consolidated. This gives a structured insight into the proposed
architectures and their directions, which are intended for CEF,
eIDAS, ISA, the European Commission (DG CONNECT, DG DIGIT, DG
MARKT), Member States, and other Large Scale Projects.
Piloting preparations in full swing
Technical work has begun in all piloting domains, focusing on
the use of the e−SENS building blocks: e−Delivery,
e−ID, e−Signature, e−Documents, and semantics.
The implementation phase will conclude with a
″go−live″ moment, when real transactions can be
expected to take place. The work of the piloting Member States is
strongly and actively supported by a building block architect
assigned by WP6 (Building Block Provision) to help the pilots
build domain−specific solutions which profile and include
the generic e−SENS solutions.
New piloting domains in e−SENS
The e−SENS pilots are currently being implemented in nine
pilot areas within the four domains which were defined at the
start of the project: e−Procurement, e−Health,
e−Justice and Business Lifecycle. At the same time, new
domains are being explored as potential candidates. e−SENS
is expected to expand the use of building blocks, proving the
extensibility and wider relevance. One of the new domains being
considered is Maritime Surveillance. e−SENS has begun close
cooperation with the European Commission (DG MARE, DG DIGIT, DG
CONNECT) and with the EU−CISE 2020 project, which started in
December 2014, with a view to implementing a communication
infrastructure for that domain. e−SENS is discussing joint
piloting options leading to the adoption of e−SENS building
blocks by EU−CISE 2020.
Intentions and ideas regarding long−term sustainability and
governance of project solutions
e−SENS has undertaken further work to ensure project
sustainability, with a particular focus on the governance of
project solutions. The following documents have been produced
outlining intentions and ideas regarding a scenario for ensuring
sustainability, as well as suggestions for the implementation of a
future governance structure for the e−SENS building blocks
″Scenario for governance models in the short, medium and long
term″ (Deliverable D3.6). This document was positively
assessed by the European Commission, and consequently approved.
The experts and the Commission conclude that e−SENS, and WP3
in particular, provide very good initial support for the
development of sustainability and long−term governance.
″Preliminary proposal for a governance body″ −
version 2 (Deliverable D3.4)
e−SENS building blocks are being assessed by the European
Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization
On 2nd October 2014, the European Multi Stakeholder
Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP) agreed on the establishment
of Evaluation Working Groups to assess three standards proposed by
e−SENS: ebMS3/AS4, ebCore Party ID and BDX Location. The
three standards being assessed are part of the e−Delivery
building block. Following evaluation for maturity and
sustainability they were identified as fairly mature and ready for
public consultation, and were thus submitted to MSP. The outcomes
of the assessment by MSP will be available on the 9th
of January 2015 in the form of three separate evaluation reports.
They will be discussed and decided upon in the MSP meeting on the
26th of February 2015.
The first e−SENS European event ″Making
e−Services a Reality″
The conference titled ″Making e−Services a Reality in
Europe″ was the first event organised by the e−SENS
project. It took place on 6−7th November at
Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg. The event
successfully brought together nearly 150 participants from all
over the EU − the key players for building
cross−border digital public services, including government
representatives, the IT industry, SMEs and the European
Commission. During the presentations, debates and thematic
sessions, speakers from various institutions, sectors and policy
areas shared their ideas and vision for future European
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Project open to new beneficiaries!
e−SENS aims to provide technical solutions for digital
public services and to extend their potential to various domains
across Europe. To achieve this, it is crucial to have close
cooperation between key players, including Member States and
industry in particular. We are pleased to observe the growing
interest coming from numerous parties, showing both the need and
enthusiasm to build the future digital single market with us.
Currently the consortium is composed of 22 partners representing
20 European countries, including Norway and Turkey. e-SENS is open
to new beneficiaries that are willing to contribute to building
cross-border services. Negotiations with Iceland and Latvia are
already in progress.
Interested in joining e−SENS? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
e−SENS at events
Find out where e−SENS information has been communicated
Informatika v javni upravi,
8−9th December, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
Moderner Staat 2014,
2nd−3rd December, Berlin, Germany
″Zukunftsdialog Digitale Gesellschaft − Europa
− grenzenlos?″, 18th November, Berlin,
Euro ID and ID World International Congress,
18−20th November, Frankfurt, Germany
Are you interested in meeting us in person? Find all e−SENS
events in the e−SENS
The recognition of the Regulation on electronic identification
and trust services (eIDAS) that endorses STORK 2.0 project by the
European Parliament, the European Council and the European
Commission contributes positively to sustainability, future uptake
and deployment of STORK 2.0 at many different levels for the
upcoming years. The eIDAS expert group received valuable support
by several STORK 2.0 partners, who have provided useful insights
to further develop the implementing acts of the eIDAS regulation.
In fact, cooperation with the eIDAS expert group has gone further,
as they have also tackled the potential need for accreditation
within STORK 2.0.
Furthermore, STORK 2.0 project held two Industry Group meetings
on June 11th in London and on September 26th
in Marseille respectively. The presentations were focused on the
pilots, the benefits of the project to citizens and businesses,
the STORK eID services supporting the eIDAS regulation and some
live demos of the pilot services. The turnout in both meetings was
satisfactory and the participation of the attendees was active. To
view more details about the meetings, join our Industry Group here .
In the first piloting phase of the e−CODEX the
kick−off of the fully electronic exchange of information
between the national business registers took place at the
EDV−Gerichtstag conference in September in Germany.
Recognizing the urgent need for cooperation and interconnection of
the national business registers, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy
and Austria launched the Business Register Pilot. The piloting use
cases include cross border mergers and the fully automated
exchange of information concerning main offices and subsidiaries.
The communication between the authorities hosting the business
registers is based on the e−CODEX infrastructure, which is
already installed in the piloting countries. This means messages
are transmitted to the corresponding authority via national
gateways and connectors. Furthermore it contains a security
library, conducts the mapping of the structured content of the
messages into national XML−standards and produces the
so−called ″Trust−OK Token″, which acts as
security protocol regarding signature and certificates or
authentication, which can be read by the user. This way the
e−CODEX Business Register pilot helps to support the
European and national aims to interconnect national business
registers by July 2016.
For any other details, please follow the website.
During 2014, the OpenPEPPOL Association has successfully expanded
its reach, with a growing number of members, service providers and
- 128 Members
- 86 PEPPOL Access Points established in 17 countries.
- 4 PEPPOL Authorities in: Norway (Difi), Sweden (ESV), Denmark
(DIGST), Netherlands (Simplerinvoicing).
- With over 1.000.000 eInvoicing transactions per month,
OpenPEPPOL have reached the 2014 CEF Work Programme targets for
eDelivery and eInvoicing.
Read more about OpenPEPPOL achievements in 2014.
All project deliverables are available on the 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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