• Posted 28-Dec-2020

Connecting Europe Facility brings cross-border public services to the digital era

Getting access to standardised and secure tools, which automatically comply with EU regulations, can save time and avoid duplication for both the public and private sectors. Under its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, the European Commission is funding 56 projects in the area of eGovernment. All these projects aim to bring public administrations closer to people by using digital technologies to their full potential.

With the goal of providing cross-border digital infrastructures and services, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme is funding a set of generic and reusable Digital Service Infrastructures (DSI), also known as Building Blocks. The CEF Building Blocks are open and reusable, standards-based solutions, which connect Europe's varied national IT landscapes. Thanks to the international standards they are based on, any system built with them can connect with others, so public administrations and companies can easily open up their services across sectors and borders. The need of CEF Building Blocks is likely to increase in the future and these tools will be essential for public administrations’ transition to the digital era.

There are eight Building Blocks: Big Data Test InfrastructureContext BrokereArchivingeDeliveryeIDeInvoicingeSignatureeTranslation. The Blockchain infrastructure (network of distributed nodes delivering cross-border public services in Europe) will soon become operational. In addition, the building block Once Only Principle will be implemented in the near future, thanks to projects TOOP and DE4A.

In order to show how to implement the CEF Building Blocks, the Research Executive Agency (REA), together with the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and Informatics (DIGIT), organised a dedicated workshop on 9 December. The event, which gathered all 56 projects working on eGovernment under Horizon 2020, also touched upon the technical aspects of cross-border interoperability and the relevant EU legislation.

For more information, see the workshop presentations and check the CEF Digital website.

Source: European Commission | Research Executive Agency News (https://bit.ly/38FlBXY)