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e‑SENS Newsletter - issue no 10
This is the final issue of the e-SENS newsletter as the project reached its end on March 31st. The
e-SENS project was an exciting experience that brought together over 100 members representing public, private and research entities from 22 countries.
The common vision inspired and guided all - to make the lives of citizens and businesses easier by a change in governments´ thinking, from a
national to a European approach.
The project was tasked with the mission to consolidate and solidify the work done in previous Large
Scale Pilots, thus providing generic solutions for cross-border communication applicable in any policy domain. Throughout its lifetime, e-SENS succeeded
in creating a common pan-European set of building blocks for digital public services, embracing both national and sectorial diversity.
With the termination of the project, the results are not gone. All the specifications and
developments to implement digital public services are being handed over to further EU programmes, which will ensure their maintenance and further
improvement. EU Projects and initiatives such as TOOP, OpenPEPPOL, NOBLE and Me-CODEX will continue efforts towards streamlining eGovernment services in
Europe. Furthermore, real deployment is now supported by financial instruments offered by the European Commission within the Connecting Europe Facility
(CEF) in Telecom.
The series of Large Scale Pilots concluded by e-SENS paved the way to the live phase of cross-border
digital public services. Wide adoption of interoperable building blocks is now necessary to complete the journey towards a true Digital Single Market.
We hope to meet you again on the way to achieving this goal. At the same time, we would like to express our appreciation and thank our stakeholders that
followed our work and contributed to improving our developments.
Check the final Press Release.
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Handover of the e-SENS building blocks to
The e-SENS project has developed the e-SENS Reference Architecture, whose implementation is ensured by Solution Architecture Templates (SATs) and
Architecture Building blocks (ABBs). To serve their purpose continuous update and maintenance is required to reflect changes in their underlying
legislation, standards and infrastructure. Following a successful collaboration with the CEF, some technical results of the project such as the e-SENS
Testbed "Minder" or the AS4-Gateway implementation "Domibus", have been in productive use since spring 2016. For further outcomes and BBs the handover
process and knowledge transfer were finalised at the end of March 2017. CEF offers the necessary resources to ensure the maintenance and deployment of
BBs. Furthermore, to ensure best reusability of the productive output of e-SENS, e-SENS and CEF are working on a Memorandum of understanding on certain
The list of SATs and ABBs is provided on the e-SENS Building Blocks WIKI, whilst Basecamp will continue as an archive on CEF digital.
Sustainability plans for maintenance of the e-SENS building blocks after the timespan of the project are the subject of the Deliverable D3.7.
Prospects for operational services in
The objective of e-SENS in the e-Health domain was to further enhance the existing solutions of cross-border access to health services within the EU,
supporting the implementation of Directive 2011/24 on the application of patients´ rights in cross-border healthcare. e-SENS succeeded in making
the ICT infrastructure inherited by epSOS more sustainable and more stable by using CEF BBs such as eID, Non-repudiation, Capability and Location
Lookup. It provided these BBs for integration to the OpenNCP reference implementation framework for a National Contact Point for eHealth (NCPeH) used in
the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for the eHealth DSI. Their implementation by Member States is on the way of being funded by CEF Calls,
paving the way for operational services. On top of technical outcomes, recommendations for relevant policy level actions, such as e-ID solutions
supporting eIDAS, have been also handed over to the Member States community of the Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network (JASeHN).
Tenders Electronic Europe, a network of
tendering systems will continue within OpenPEPPOL
Although in some European countries submitting tenders electronically has become the dominant way of doing business with government, this does not
support creating a digital single market, as cross border e-tendering remains a challenge. e-Tendering systems across Europe require businesses to
supply tender information in different formats to different platforms, and do not allow the re-use of information. Throughout its lifetime, e-SENS
strived to provide an answer to this problem. The e-Tendering pilot demonstrated that interoperability between tendering systems is possible and
desirable for the market.
Three basic steps in the tender process (I am interested / give me the documents / here is my offer) were developed and implemented by 9 tendering
systems in 6 different countries. There were 7 e-Delivery gateways forming the interconnection of the e-Tendering systems into an emerging European
network, Tenders Electronic Europe Although e-SENS has come to an end, the results of the pilot will be maintained and improved in the future. All the
specifications for implementing e-SENS e-Tendering are being handed over to the OpenPEPPOL AISBL. The e-Tendering community will live on in the
OpenPEPPOL pre-award Coordinating Community, with regular gatherings and support to the maintenance of the specifications. With the CEF e-Procurement
Call 2017, financial support will be available to connect to Tenders Electronic Europe.
Further expansion of e-Justice services ensured
The e-SENS e-Justice domain is to simplify access to cross-border legal procedures and legal means by establishing electronic communication channels
between courts, citizens, businesses and legal professionals. In the final months of the project, the transfer of activities to Me-CODEX was ensured to
continue their expansion and geographical coverage.
Within Me-CODEX, the activities will be added to those being maintained from the e-CODEX project, and be part of the overall strategy to ensure the
long-term maintenance of e-Justice within a European agency. In the meantime, the focus will be on having even more pilots using the solution, and on
incorporating user feedback to improve the different piloting use cases. In the short term, the countries engaged in the Mutual Legal Assistance pilot
will have to change to the latest versions of the schemas, as elaborated within e-SENS, by May 22nd, when the European Investigation Order
enters into force.
First e-IDAS compliant connection between
Germany, the Netherlands and Austria
The three countries have successfully connected their electronic identification and authentication infrastructures, making it possible to use Austrian
and German eID to access Dutch online public services. Specific examples include an agricultural portal, handling traffic fines and services delivered
by municipalities. The endeavour was carried out within the Citizen Lifecycle Pilot in close cooperation with CEF eID. This is the first cross-border
connection between technically compliant eIDAS nodes in production. CEF eID will continue to support the testing and development of eIDAS-compliant
infrastructures within EU Member States. The CEF eID conformance testing service is provided by the European Commission's Directorate General for
Informatics (DIGIT) to support further Member States in the deployment of the eIDAS node.
Long-Term IT Governance Structure of
e-SENS was tasked with looking beyond the term of the Connecting Europe Facility (after 2020) and proposing a long-term governance model that will enable
the interoperability and delivery of cross-border public e-services within EU countries. The e-SENS proposal aims at coordinating and ensuring the
coherence of technical solutions used in the EU to facilitate the delivery of public electronic services. The e-SENS governance model supports technical
communities and domain-specific communities in aligning their respective developments and creating new synergies. This needs to be embedded in a
legal-organisational framework, which gives the communities and the coordination forum legal rights and also obligations. This framework is also
presented in the e-SENS proposal.
Access the e-SENS proposal on the IT governance model.
e-SENS success stories
We are delighted to present a number of success stories related to the e-SENS pilots. The piloting phase of the project validated the principle that
generic BBs could be used across a broad spectrum of policy domains. It has clearly demonstrated that it is feasible, realistic and sustainable to
deploy ICT services within and between European countries to connect different national IT systems. The success stories give you an excellent overview
on the challenges faced, the solutions implemented and, finally, the pilot achievements. Learn about experience and lessons learnt and get inspired by
Access the success stories
e-SENS final event
The final e-SENS conference, held on 2nd and 3rd March 2017 in Brussels, was a successful culmination of the e-SENS project,
hosting over 200 guests from 30 countries. On the first day, the main achievements of the projects were presented, while the second day focused on the
real digital pilot services to be enabled within CEF and TOOP. Those projects will continue the e-SENS journey to make digital public services a reality
by re-using the solutions of the e-SENS project. This final e-SENS event closed a series of Large Scale Pilot projects under the CIP ICT PSP programme.
e-SENS, tasked with the mission to consolidate the results of epSOS, STORK, SPOCS, PEPPOL and e-CODEX, has achieved a huge amount in terms of moving
services forward. This was an excellent opportunity to meet the project stakeholders, reflect on the outcomes and discuss future prospects and
All presentations made at the event are now available on the project website.
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