1. Why is e-SENS needed?
There are at least two major reasons why e-SENS is needed:
Living, doing business, or travelling in the EU is getting easier. Considerable progress has been made towards turning the vision of single market into reality in many aspects of life. As the world goes, digital citizens and businesses expect public administration in Europe to follow that trend, in order to reap even more benefits from the common market. Given the variety of technical solutions, standards and legal requirements in each Member State, barriers need to be broken down to make the digital single market come true. e-SENS is designed to face these challenges by providing generic solutions for seamless public services delivery across borders.
e-SENS supports the implementation of European policies and is aligned with its priorities:
- The Digital Agenda for Europe aims at maximising the potential of ICT for doing business, working, and living. Effective use of digital technologies will enable Europe to address its key challenges—easier access to public services.
- The European Interoperability Framework aims at setting rules on communication between administration bodies, business, and citizens within the EU.
2. What kind of project is e-SENS?
e-SENS is an EU co-funded project within the ICT Policy Support Programme (or ICT PSP). The ICT PSP aims at stimulating sustainable and inclusive growth by accelerating the wider uptake and best use of innovative digital technologies and content by citizens, governments, and businesses.
e-SENS is a "Large Scale Pilot" project (LSP), which means it develops practical solutions tested in real government service cases across Europe.
3. What is the time frame of the e-SENS project?
The e-SENS project was launched on the 1st April 2013. The project will last for 36 months and will be completed in March 2016.
4. What countries participate in the project?
The consortium is composed of 22 beneficiaries representing 20 countries:Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.
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5. Who will benefit from e-SENS?
It is expected that three groups will benefit from the project in different ways:
- Public administration will receive technical solutions to create interoperable, efficient and reusable, high quality public services in various domains
- EU Citizens and businesses will reap the benefits from improved public services enabling their freedom of movement, living and doing business within the EU and other countries
- The IT Industry will be provided with open source solutions to be adopted in their own business services
6. What are the e-SENS building blocks?
Building blocks are software components that can be developed and deployed independently. e-SENS will focus on providing the following building blocks:
- e-Documents - to understand any document format by public administration
- e-Delivery - to facilitate electronic document exchange across border
- e-ID - to enable your ID use in any EU country
- e-Signature - to enable the signing and verification of any document
- Semantics - to understand each other across borders in public administration
7. What does piloting mean?
Piloting means real-life testing of project solutions. Its aim is to demonstrate that deploying ICT services among countries across Europe is feasible and to prove that seamless electronic communication with public administration is possible.
Actual transactions between business/citizens and public administration based on generic building blocks will be available in a wide spectrum of domains:
- Business Lifecycle
A number of other, “new” domains are also identified as potential candidates, such as e-Employment, e-Education, Agriculture, Citizen Personal Lifecycle, etc. e-SENS will expand the use of building blocks to new domains to prove their extensibility.
8. What are the LSP projects?
LSP stands for “Large Scale Pilot” projects co-funded by the CIP ICT-PSP programme aimed at delivering public services on-line. e-SENS is a new LSP project that takes over the technical solutions developed by previous projects: e-CODEX, epSOS, PEPPOL, SPOCS, and STORK.
9. What are the expected results of the project?
e-SENS will develop architecture driven solutions for cross-border transactions. The general-purpose building blocks will be suitable for integration into existing systems in EU Member States and Associated Countries.
e-SENS should result in mature and tested components of:
10. What will happen with the results?
The building blocks are expected to become part of the “core services platform” foreseen in the “Digital services infrastructure” defined in the draft regulation on Connecting Europe Facility. e-SENS will also propose recommendations for further policy development concerning the governance and sustainability of the interoperability architecture of the building blocks.