e-SENS – Electronic Simple European Networked Services
e-SENS is a Large Scale Pilot (LSP) initiated by the European Commission, which was launched on 1st April 2013. As an EU-project funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), it focuses on strengthening the digital single market and facilitating cross-border public services. 100 partners from 20 European countries, including Norway and Turkey, participate in e-SENS. Furthermore the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenPEPPOL Association are partners in e-SENS. The total costs of this LSP amount to € 27,4 million.
The aim of the project is to develop a common infrastructure for interoperable public services in Europe, which will be used by citizens, the private sector and public administrations. The existing Large Scale Pilots such as STORK (e-ID), PEPPOL (e-Procurement), SPOCS (e-Business), epSOS (e-Health) and e-Codex (e-Justice) have already proven that providing cross-border services can be made simpler. In the different domains, technical building blocks have been developed and piloted that enable seamless cross-border services. e-SENS will consolidate and solidify the work done in the previous LSP projects, it will industrialize the solutions and extend their potential to new domains.
e-SENS focuses on the core building blocks such as e-ID, e-Signature, e-Documents and e-Delivery. These prospectively consolidated and improved building blocks aim to provide the foundation for the platform of “core services” for the e-Government cross-border digital infrastructure foreseen in the Ten-Tele regulation for implementing the “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF).
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is carrying out different tasks in e-SENS, partly in a leading position:
- Work Packages 2 “Communication and Marketing”: active contributor
- Work Packages 3 “Sustainability and Long-Term Governance”: task leader Task 3.5 “Governance Implementation”
- Work Packages 6 “Building Blocks Provision”: active contributor to Competence Cluster 6.1 “e-Delivery and e-Interaction” and to Competence Cluster 6.3 “Identity, Security and Trust”
This particularly includes the following responsibilities:
- public relations activities, in order to achieve broad acceptance and application of the e-SENS results
- coordination and management of Task 3.5 “Governance Implementation” in WP 3, which will make proposals for a future governance structure, for a legal framework and for the “Connecting Europe Facility” in order to ensure the sustainability of the e-SENS results active contribution to Competence Cluster 6.1 and Competence Cluster 6.3 in order to establish a common transport infrastructure suitable for the requirement of cross-border communication between e-Government applications in different domains.