The purpose of this deliverable is to take stock at the existing eGovernment landscape in Europe for implementation of eServices and cross border enablers, identifying existing national eGovernment capacities, major setbacks and potential drivers for the project implementation. The study covers the domains of Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust services (eIDAS), Single Digital Gateway (SDG), Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI), Once-Only Principle (OOP) and Data strategy. Whilst the present report majorly focuses on the first three domains, the deliverables D1.3 “Member State Once Only and data strategy Baseline” and D1.5 “Baseline EU Building Blocks supporting Once Only and standard data sharing patterns” suggest insights onto OOP, Data Strategy and existing EU Building blocks respectively. The study was based on the data derived from a survey (see more details in Section 2.3), which was distributed among the EU and the EFTA countries. The quantitative analysis from the study was complemented by desk research.
The purpose of this deliverable is to take stock of the existing eGovernment landscape in Europe for implementation of eServices and cross border enablers, identifying existing national eGovernment capacities, major setbacks and potential drivers for the DE4A project implementation. The study is part of a series of 4 studies covering the domains of Electronic Identification (eID), Authentication and Trust services (eIDAS), Single Digital Gateway (SDG), Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI), Once-Only Principle (OOP) and Data strategy, the latter two being the focus of the present study.
Baseline EU Building Blocks supporting Once Only and standard data sharing patterns
The project Digital Europe for All (DE4A) was launched in January 2020 as a result of collaboration of 27 organizations from 11 countries of the European Union. The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation Framework Programme and is aimed to create an inclusive digital Environment in Europe ensuring the Single Digital Market rights of citizens and businesses by building on secure, privacy-preserving and trustworthy realisation of fundamental once-only, relevant-only and digital by default principles. The DE4A large-scale pilot reinforces the connectivity of national digital endeavours and, building upon the existing infrastructure, it attempts to contribute to an overarching eGovernment network for Europe supporting parallel efforts from the EC and the Member States to realise the Once-Only Principle Technical System in compliance with Single Digital Gateway and aligned with EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, Tallinn Declaration and EIF Implementation Strategy.
Legal, technical, cultural and managerial barriers
The concept of a truly single market of digital services for cross-border citizens and businesses holds tremendous potentials in terms of ease of life and economic gains. However, as with any significant change, the process of bringing that concept to life may risk running the gauntlet, if not carefully planned against the realities of the member states it bridges. D1.7 supports the development of a single market for digital services by identifying the legal, technical, cultural and managerial risks and barriers on the implementation of cross-border digital public services. In order to ensure a broad spectrum of risks and barriers are identified and properly understood, the study draws upon three different kinds of sources: A survey among the Chief Information Officers of the EU and EFTA Member States, a literature review of European projects, and focus group interviews with a dozen experts from 10 different countries.
The architecture framework of the “Digital Europe for All” project (DE4A) provides the methodological foundation for the overall project. In addition, we propose a long-term architecture vision that should guide the development of the Once-Only Technical System to be a significant step towards a more encompassing ecosystem. It is a working document and will be updated with additional insights over the course of the project. Consequently, this first version is not a normative architecture document, but a contribution to the Once-Only Principle discussion in this project and other relevant initiatives, including the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) preparatory action and the Single Digital Gateway (SDG) implementation. It is also an open invitation for comments and contributions extended beyond DE4A.
The Project Start Architecture (PSA) provides a starting point and guidance to the three DE4A pilot projects, which are essential in providing Evidence of the benefits of the full implementation of the once-only and digital-by-default principles and user centricity and the transformative impact of new technologies such as blockchain  and to WP3 - Semantic Interoperability Solutions and WP5 – Common Components Design & Development that will develop common components and semantic solutions for them. In parallel to this project, the SDGR  creates in Article 14 the basis for the first truly cross-domain Once-only Technical System on European level. The preparations for the implementation of the Once-only Technical System is well under way, led by the CEF Preparatory Action on Once-Only. Consequently, more direct contribution of DE4A to this endeavour is of high interest for internal and external stakeholders with continued alignment efforts geared to this effect. The scoping of the DE4A pilots and the reference interaction patterns in this PSA show some focussed on SDG use-cases and the OOP principle while extending to additional interoperability requirements expressed by the participating MS and the investigation of the potential of innovative block-chain technology. This is in line with the DoA. The PSA uses a structured architecture definition approach and provides guidance on 22 interdisciplinary questions (2.3) concerning the exchange of evidence.
This document assembles the initial requirements as far as semantic interoperability is concerned within the context of Digital Europe for All (DE4A) project. To achieve this, analysis of existing taxonomies and libraries of core vocabularies is performed. While this deliverable is focusing on the initial set of requirements for semantics in DE4A, it also defines a structured way of eliciting requirements with co-operation from other Work Packages (WPs), namely work package WP4 – “Cross-border Pilots for Citizens and Business and Evaluation” and work package WP2 – “Architecture Vision and Framework”, to provide design decisions and implementation guidelines to work package WP5 – “Common Component Design & Development”, and DE4A technical partners as well.
Studying abroad - Use cases Definition and Requirements
The Studying Abroad pilot of the “Digital Europe for All” (DE4A) project aims at demonstrating in practice the benefits for different European Higher Education Area stakeholders of realizing across borders the principles of Once Only and Digital-by-Default. By the combination of three use cases (Application to public higher education, Applying for study grant, and Diploma recognition) it will prove the optimal process/procedure for students of the participating three Member States (Belgium, Slovenia, and Spain) for registration and eventually applying for a student grant as well as for studies recognition.
Doing Business Abroad - Use cases definition and requirements
The Doing Business Abroad pilot of the “Digital Europe for All” (DE4A) project demonstrates the benefits of the Once Only Principle and the Digital by default principle for companies and public authorities cross-border. In two use cases – Starting a business abroad and Doing business abroad – the pilot validates the Once-Only process for enrolment of a company and applying for services in another country (online procedures listed in Annex II of the SDGR under the Life Event “Starting, running and closing a business”). In some of the envisaged piloting scenarios, the company (‘s branch) enrols to the authentic business register of the data consuming Member State. In other scenarios, the data consumer operates a portal-specific company registration (non-authentic). The piloting Member States are Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden.
Moving Abroad - Use cases definition and equirements
The main goal of the Moving abroad pilot is to facilitate the evidence exchange when citizens are moving abroad. The benefits of this will be fewer physical movements of citizens to fetch the evidence and less interventions of civil servants resulting in a faster evidence exchange. In general terms the requirement of the pilot is to deliver evidence online, in real time in a structured (data) format to the citizen as part of a procedure that is related to an address change, a request for a birth, marriage or death certificate or a request for pension information and/or a pension claim when moving abroad. As a prerequisite of this, the citizen will have to be authenticated via eIDAS and linked to the evidence via a national registration number of the foreign country. In some cases, civil servants will intervene to link the citizen - based on this eIDAS identification - to the national number.
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First inventory of features for products/components
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Overview of legal and ethical requirements
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This document defines the dissemination and communication strategy for the DE4A project. The purpose of DE4A is to develop an open and comprehensive environment and platform for EU Member States to support and meet obligations under the Single Digital Gateway Regulation, to consistently deliver secure cross-border, high quality, fully online procedures under the Once-Only Principle (OOP).
This document is an introduction to the operational status of the website and social media. The deliverable itself is the website and this short report documents it. It is not intended to be a report, but rather an illustration of the style and structure of the DE4A website and social media at the beginning of the project. It discusses the rationale behind the graphic guidelines and illustrates these with screenshots from the website. The website is shown to be structured and well thought out at this early stage of the project and its development. Other social media channels which, by definition, take time to grow, are also illustrated