The new Large Scale Pilot project - TOOP (The "Once Only" Principle) is starting with a kick-off meeting on 25-27 January 2017 in Tallin, Estonia. The new project is part of the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 and will contribute towards increasing the efficiency of the Digital Single Market. The project will ensure that information is supplied to public administrations only once regardless of the company's country of origin therefore eliminating unnecessary burdens for European businesses who are asked to repeatedly present the same data and documents. According to the “Once-Only” principle, public bodies should take action to share data with each other, respecting privacy and data protection rules, both nationally (across sectors) and across borders. This calls for a generic and scalable solution to interconnect different systems.
Building bridges between data consumer applications and data sources such as Business Registries, without interfering with existing national infrastructures requires an innovative federated architecture on a cross-border, collaborative, panEuropean scale. The development of such architecture - to connect registries and eGovernment architectures in different countries - is the main goal of the TOOP project. TOOP will consider the existing EU frameworks (EIRA, EIF) and the reuse of the common IT components (Building Blocks) developed by the e-SENS project and operated as Digital Services Infrastructures of the Connecting Europe Facility. e-SENS is looking forward to this new cooperation and will support the TOOP project with existing developments and experience!