International projects

PEPPOL

While many European countries already use electronic procurement to make tendering of public sector contracts simpler and more efficient, most of these solutions are implemented solely on a national or regional level, with limited access to other communities. Initiated in 2008, the PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) project has been developing and implementing the technology standards to align business processes for electronic procurement across all governments within Europe, aiming to expand market connectivity and interoperability between eProcurement communities.

PEPPOL enables access to its standards-based IT transport infrastructure through access points, and provides services for eProcurement with standardised electronic document formats (based on UBL and CEN/BII) PEPPOL’s vision is to enable businesses to communicate electronically with any European government institution in the procurement process, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

Through agreement on specifications for cross-border procurement processes, the European Commission’s pilot project PEPPOL has contributed to the development of a pan-European, standards-based IT infrastructure.

As an open standardised platform, PEPPOL's infrastructure has been designed to interconnect existing networks and bridge individual eBusiness islands in Europe. PEPPOL increases business opportunities for participants and supports interoperability across borders. It facilitates electronic communication among European companies and government institutions in the pre-award and post-award procurement process.

Responding effortlessly to any tender across the EU improves the competitiveness of suppliers: they will benefit from greater efficiencies, lower costs and an increased profit potential. Contracting authorities will benefit from increased competition through sourcing across the EU, and they will reduce administrative costs through process automation.

The PEPPOL consortium is comprised of seventeen partners (mostly leading public eProcurement agencies) within 11 countries:  Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom. PEPPOL activities are funded jointly by consortium members and the European Commission.

http://www.peppol.eu/

 

STORK

The aim of the STORK project is to establish a European eID Interoperability Platform that will allow citizens to establish new e-relations across borders, just by presenting their national eID.

Cross-border user authentication for such e-relations will be applied and tested by the project by means of five pilot projects that will use existing government services in EU Member States. In time however, additional service providers will also become connected to the platform thereby increasing the number of cross-border services available to European users.

Thus in the future, you should be able to start a company, get your tax refund, or obtain your university papers without physical presence; all you will need to access these services is to enter your personal data using your national eID, and the STORK platform will obtain the required guarantee (authentication) from your government.

User-centric Approach = Privacy Guarantee

The role of the STORK platform is to identify a user who is in a session with a service provider, and to send his data to this service. Whilst the service provider may request various data items, the user always controls the data to be sent. The explicit consent of the owner of the data, the user, is always required before his data can be sent to the service provider.

The platform will not store any personal data, so no data can be lost.

This user centric approach was not taken to satisfy some philosophical preferences, but in line with the legislative requirements of all the various countries involved that oblige concrete measures to be taken to guarantee that a citizen's fundamental rights, such as his privacy, are respected.

https://www.eid-stork.eu/

SPOCS

SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services) is a large-scale pilot project launched by the European Commission in May 2009 that aims to help businesses seeking to expand into other countries overcome the struggle to comply with all the regulations they need to follow. Applying for licenses, permits and completing other administrative procedures in another country can be very complicated.
SPOCS will provide seamless electronic procedures by building cross- border solutions based on your country’s existing systems.

For example: An Italian real estate agent wants to expand his business to Bremen, Germany. The information provided by the Bremen Points of Single Contact does not currently specify the Italian documents required. SPOCS will allow him to do all the administrative procedures online and cross-border via the Point of Single Contact. These are acting as intermediaries between service providers and the national public administrations. The goal of these "one-stop shops" is essentially to fulfil the two following functions: information dissemination and case management/processing. SPOCS aims to build the next generation of online portals Point of Single Contact, that every European country now has in place, through the availability of high impact cross- border electronic procedures.

http://www.eu-spocs.eu/

epSOS

epSOS aims to design, build and evaluate a service infrastructure that demonstrates cross-border interoperability between electronic health record systems in Europe.

Cross-border eHealth Services

epSOS attempts to offer seamless healthcare to European citizens. Key goals are to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for citizens when travelling to another European country. Moreover, it concentrates on developing a practical eHealth framework and ICT infrastructure that enables secure access to patient health information among different European healthcare systems. epSOS can make a significant contribution to patient safety by reducing the frequency of medical errors and by providing quick access to documentation. In emergency situations, this documentation  provides the medical personnel with life-saving information and reduces the (sometimes needless) repetition of diagnostic procedures.

http://www.epsos.eu/

e-CODEX

e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) is a large-scale-project in the area of e-Justice funded by the European Commission. The goal of the e-CODEX project is to improve the cross-border access of citizens and businesses to legal means in Europe as well as to improve the interoperability between legal authorities within the EU. The project was launched in December 2010. Currently 24 states are involved. Austria is involved as a project partner through the Federal Ministry of Justice.

e-CODEX is a functionality which provides an easier (digital) way to exchange legal information between EU-countries. No more bureaucratic paperwork no matter the differences between the EU countries.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the EU legal framework and the e-Justice action plan, in due respect of subsidiarity. All Member States work together towards a more effective judicial system in Europe. To improve the efficiency of the processing of the increasing number of cross-border proceedings, especially in civil, criminal and commercial matters is another point in the agenda.
In summary the e-CODEX project is contributing to a safer environment for EU citizens, modernizing and increasing collaboration between the European judicial systems and providing easy and secure access to legal information.

In a few words: Enabling access to justice systems across Europe.

Participants Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Jersey, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, CCBE and CNUE.

http://www.e-codex.eu

EURITAS

Public government ICT service providers across Europe face similar challenges and comparable general conditions, based on the development in the ICT sector, legal frameworks as well as with regard to the developing expectations of citizens and businesses. Members of Euritas - the European Association of Public IT Service Providers - are working for the public administration and thus combining expertise in the field of  ICT as well public administration.

Euritas is the voice and network of public ICT service providers within Europe. Our members effectively combine expertise in ICT and public administration. Euritas is the melting pot for this knowledge from across Europe. Euritas enables its members to create better ICT services for administrations, businesses and citizens in Europe. The association cooperates with relevant stakeholders based on its vast experience. Euritas is recognised as an expert contact point in matters of trans-European government ICT.

Euritas is a network open to members from all European states, and promotes their interests. It supports its members in the exchange of know-how and best practices as well as in the exchange of information on relevant EU projects, programmes, applications and services. Also, Euritas finds partners for joint ICT projects and services.

http://www.euritas.eu/

European Order for payment Procedure

The regulation establishes a European procedure for orders for payment. The procedure simplifies, speeds up and reduces the costs of litigation in cross-border cases concerning uncontested pecuniary claims. The regulation permits the free circulation of European orders for payment throughout European Union (EU) countries by laying down minimum standards, compliance with which renders unnecessary any intermediate proceedings in the EU country of enforcement prior to recognition and enforcement.

Application of the procedure in civil and commercial matters

The European order for payment procedure applies to civil and commercial matters in cross-border cases, whatever the nature of the court or tribunal. A "cross-border case" is one in which at least one of the parties is domiciled or habitually resident in an EU country other than the country of the court hearing the action. The regulation applies to all EU countries except Denmark.

The procedure does not extend to revenue, customs or administrative matters or the liability of a state for acts and omissions in the exercise of state authority ("acta iure imperii").

Serving a European order for payment on a defendant

A European order for payment is served on a defendant in accordance with the national law of the state in which service is to be effected. The regulation sets out minimum procedural standards regarding service either with or without proof of receipt by the defendant.

Twinning

Twinning is an instrument for the cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States (MS) and of beneficiary countries. Beneficiaries include candidate countries and potential candidates to EU membership, as well as countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy.

More specifically, in the IPA region, Twinning aims to provide support for the transposition, implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation (the acquis).

It also strives to share good practices developed within the EU with beneficiary public administrations and to foster long-term relationships between administrations of existing and future EU countries.

Twinning projects are built around EU policy objectives agreed between the public authorities of the beneficiary country and the Member States. They include a broad variety of activities implemented by experts from Member States, leading to the achievement of mandatory results.

Two Project Leaders (one on behalf of the Member State leading the project, the other of the beneficiary administration) and a Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) are the backbone of Twinning projects. The RTA coordinates the project and is seconded from the lead MS to the beneficiary administration for a minimum of 12 months. The work plan of a Twinning project usually foresees expert missions, training events and awareness raising visits.

EU-Twinning project in the Czech Republic: State Treasury, reorganization of budgetary processes and of IT-organisation

The Czech Finance Ministry has set as a goal for itself to centralise its IT operations and services, with Austria’s successful e-government projects serving as models. Our international consultants, specialised in organisational and IT projects in the area of public administration provide support to our neighbours.
The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic has a decentralised structure for its IT; the various main areas, such as tax authorities or customs, each have their own IT department.

The distribution of competences and the development of the Ministry over the years have led to a heterogenic IT landscape, varying processes in application operation and several computing centre locations.

In order to optimise the Czech Finance Ministry’s IT processes and use synergies wisely, the intention is to centralise the entire IT, with Austria’s successfully implemented

E-government projects serving as models. As the core Austrian federal IT service provider, the BRZ GmbH delivers consulting and hands-on project support to the Czech Republic in connection with their restructuring plans.

EU-Twinning Project PHARE: Eurocustoms Romania

Aim of this project in Romania was the know-how transfer in the area of EU customs applications for the Romanian Ministry of Finance.

As of the beginning of the EU membership of Romania the "EU compatibility" of the Romanian methods must be guaranteed, we also consulted the client on how to design an efficient information, training and organizational structure at the same time.

BRZ services provided are business modeling, analysis and design.

The SECR (State Enterprise Centre of Registers) in Vilnius has been commissioned to set up and maintain a Legal Entity Register (LER). Within the framework of an EU-Twinning Project, experts from different countries developed and clarified the legal, organisational and technical requirements and framework conditions. BRZ consultants launched an efficient workflow organisation as well as measures to successfully administer the register. As a result, the SECR is now capable of handling customer needs optimally and maintaining the register in a cost-efficient way.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Justice commissioned the SECR (State Enterprise Centre of Registers) in Vilnius to centrally maintain a LER (Legal Entity Register) as of 1 January 2004 (the LER includes inter alia the equivalents of the Austrian Register of Companies and the Register of Associations). Until then, this register had been administered by local authorities.

Within the framework of an EU-Twinning Project directed by the Austrian Centre of Legal Competence (CLC), a number of legal, IT and organisational experts from several different countries were brought in.

http://www.twinning.org/en/page/enter-our-universe-of-twinning.html

The above project descriptions are taken from the respective websites.