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02.01.2014 e-SENS: Cross-border cooperation


e-SENS (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) is one example of a cross-border cooperation and has been presented at the BRZ (Austrian Federal Computing Center) E-Government conference which took place on 3 December 2013 in Vienna. Cross-border cooperation in the field of E-Government significantly contributes to achieving the objectives of the Digital Agenda, improves the collaboration between national public administrations and reduces bureaucratic barriers for citizens and businesses.

From the very beginning, the first thoughts about European integration were directed at single market based upon four basic freedoms: free movement of persons, goods, capital and services. Over the last 20 years, there was success in creating single market in many areas thanks to gradual reducing of numerous obstacles.  A Number of projects were launched by The European Commission to overcome especially digital barriers between EU countries.

One of the newest initiative is e-SENS, launched within the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP), under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).The project is composed of 22 beneficiaries representing 100 partners in 18 EU countries, as well as Norway and Turkey.

The aim of the e-SENS project is to develop efficient, high quality public services based on a European standard infrastructure. It will consolidate, improve and extend the efforts of large-scale pilots that have already been launched - e-CODEX, epSOS, SPOCS, STORK, PEPPOL - by facilitating access to health care, judicial systems, public procurement and business set-up in Europe. 

The project solution will allow adopting a new approach in public service provision – more user-oriented, innovative and efficient in order to ensure savings in terms of money and time, both for citizens and for government itself. e-SENS is expected to unlock the potential of cross-border services and define the standards to enable cross-border services. In practice, e-SENS will address these by:

  • Improving technical certainty when doing business nationally and cross-border and paving the way to overcome the legal barriers in Europe;
  • Improving overall efficiency and effectiveness leading to more self-service for the user in a complex environment resulting in an efficient government saving taxpayer's money;
  • Making it easier for national companies to do business abroad and making Member States more attractive places to settle and to do business (be it in the form of start-up, fulfilling legal requirements, tendering to public authorities, etc.);
  • Helping citizens when they cross borders as well as helping foreign citizens that wish to visit the home country whether for tourism, pension or to work.

e-SENS project will create a common pan-European set of standards that will embrace the national and domain diversity and facilitate interoperability in EU public services. The project will provide the basic building blocks such as electronic identity, electronic signature, electronic delivery, electronic documents and semantics. To prove their reusability, the modules will be tested in various domains such as e-Health, e-Justice, setting up business and e-procurement. Generic and re-usable solutions will provide opportunities for developing public services in numerous areas of E-Government.

Learn more - www.esens.eu