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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 news

  • e−SENS European Interoperability Reference Architecture on its way

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 (BBs):

    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)

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  • 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.

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  • 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 eGovernment

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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.

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e−SENS at events

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Are you interested in meeting us in person? Find all e−SENS events in the e−SENS calendar.


LSP news

  • STORK 2.0

    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 .

  • e−CODEX

    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.

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  • OpenPEPPOL

    During 2014, the OpenPEPPOL Association has successfully expanded its reach, with a growing number of members, service providers and transactions:

    • 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.


e−SENS deliverables

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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