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e−SENS Newsletter - Issue No 7

Welcome to the seventh issue of the e−SENS newsletter.

We are happy to announce that the e−SENS project has now been officially extended until the 31st of March, 2017. In this, our fourth year, we will focus on presenting the success stories facilitated and shaped by e−SENS and our highly valued colleagues in the private sector. We will also be sharing the experiences of piloting countries within e−SENS. We hope to support interested bodies with the advice and guidance they need to adopt the e−SENS components.

In this edition we will give you some updates on our recent achievements. A lot of things are happening in various areas of the project. That also includes our software, which has been designed to support the use of the European Single Procurement Document, and also other developments in the area of e-Delivery.

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  • Estonia and the Netherlands successfully test e-Confirmation service

    Estonia and the Netherlands are the first countries in Europe to test specific cross-border digital communications, which allow the health insurance entitlements of visiting citizens to be checked − in real time − with that citizen´s Member State.

    Tests that simulated a real business environment were carried out. These tests demonstrated the successful handling of e-Confirmation requests and responses in Estonia and the Netherlands. This solution, enabling electronic confirmation of a citizen´s health care entitlement, is based on the e−SENS e-Delivery, e-Documents and e-Signature building blocks. The solution enables the provisioning, package, signing and transportation of newly defined electronic documents, based on the concept of a ´four-corner´ model, where end entities exchange messages − secured by advanced seal − via gateway intermediaries.

    Read more.

  • Work in e-Invoicing pilot completed

    The aim of the e−SENS e-Invoicing pilot was to further enable the cross-border handling of electronic invoices over the e−SENS eDelivery infrastructure. Communication between national invoice handling systems in the post-award procurement phase has been successfully tested using the e−SENS profile of the AS4 protocol, meeting the requirements of cross-border communication between e-Government applications and service providers.

    The e-Invoicing pilot scenario included interoperability tests between different types of access points based on solutions from different vendors, including the exchange of large volumes of documents and large files between competent authorities and businesses. The pilot aims to check if the AS4 transport protocol of e−SENS will be a benefit for the e-Invoicing community. Technically the tests were successful but more conditions need to be met before the AS2 protocol, currently dominant in European e-Procurement and also used by the OpenPEPPOL community, may be replaced.

    Read more.

  • VCD sample software implementation for European Single Procurement Document released

    e−SENS has released the sample software implementation of the Virtual Company Dossier (VCD). It can be used to implement the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD), either as a standalone solution, or by integrating some of its components into existing software solutions and/or provider platforms.

    The ESPD is a self-declaration which serves as preliminary evidence of fulfilment of the conditions required in public procurement procedures across the EU. From October 2018 onwards, the ESPD must be provided exclusively in electronic form. The e−SENS VCD is aimed at supporting the relevant authorities in generating the ESPD template and is fully compatible and interoperable with the official EC ESPD Service. The e−SENS implementation can also be used to provide all the qualification evidences, if required, in the form of a VCD package.

    Read more.

  • e−SENS AS4 and SMP implementation funded under CEF e-Delivery call

    Deployment of the e−SENS AS4 message exchange profile and Service Metadata Publisher (SMP), developed by e−SENS, will be financed through CEF grants. The e-Delivery call, which is currently open, promotes the uptake and aims to speed up the use of e-Delivery among public and private entities, enabling interoperability between EU Member States and EEA countries. Activities such as setting up access points and service metadata publishers in order to support the cross-border exchange of electronic documents between both public and private sectors, as well as between such entities and citizens and businesses, are supported.

    The setting up of an Access Point and/or an SMP involves:

    • Software installation (Open Source or commercial) in a production environment (server, network, storage, etc.).
    • Successfully passing conformance tests from either a well-recognised conformance/interoperability testing organisation or from the conformance testing service offered by the eDelivery Core Service Platform (the e−SENS Minder testbed).
    • For Access Points (where applicable): confirmed connectivity to a Service Metadata Publisher (SMP) and Service Metadata Locator (SML).

    Proposals may be submitted until September 15th, 2016. The total budget allocated to the call is €0.5 million.

    Access e-Delivery call.

    Read about CEF e-Delivery.

  • eIDAS connector

    e−SENS partners from the Netherlands have created a standalone adapter in the e-ID area to bridge the gap between e-IDAS German based middelware and the Dutch PEPS based on STORK 2.0, in the e-Agriculture domain.

    With this being a success, the Dutch team is currently working with partners from Iceland on building a bridge between the eIDAS node and the STORK 2.0 PEPS. The results of their work will enable countries with STORK 2.0 infrastructure currently linked to eID services to connect to the eIDAS network. The connector consists of a regular eIDAS node and a plugin that is able to convert the authentication requests and responses from eIDAS format to STORK 2.0 format and vice versa. The plugin will also handle mappings of attributes between STORK 2.0 SAML and the eIDAS node SAML. This solution will provide a smooth migration path from STORK to eIDAS and sustainability of STORK services.

    Read more.

  • e−SENS Business case

    A document which focuses on an integrated use case for e−SENS building blocks has been recently developed by WP3 (Sustainability). It is a significant step towards understanding and helping to design a coherent, integrated ecosystem of actors and assets for the technical interoperability of administrative procedures across domains and borders in Europe. This deliverable collects the relevant qualitative information, quantitative approximations and other support material that provide insight into the quantitative business case for e−SENS building blocks from the perspective of citizens, businesses and authorities.

    Access the deliverable here.

    Access the white paper here.


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