Newsletter Nº 04 - December 2011 > Your DLA local partner

Five new cross-border online public services
The European Commission was showcasing five new online public services to the "Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans" at the conference of the Polish Presidency held in Poznan in November.
The five projects have already demonstrated concrete benefits for citizens, businesses and governments during their pilot phases. eGovernment must not stop at national borders , and these five projects prove that it does not have to, making the lives of citizens and businesses easier, while being more efficient and cost effective
than existing public services. The Commission provided half the funding for the projects (€62.67 million out of €125.34 million).
Towards cross-border public eProcurement, the Pan-European Public Procurement OnLine project - PEPPOL, was initiated in 2008. PEPPOL aims at expanding 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 standardized electronic document formats.
PEPPOL aims to make electronic communication between companies and government bodies possible for all procurement processes throughout the EU. This will enable the connection of existing national systems, which is essential to businesses, especially SMEs, to bid for any public sector contract from anywhere in the EU. It is also an important step towards achieving the Single European Market. Working together with the European Commission, 11 European countries have established a consortium of 17 project partners to drive ahead PEPPOL (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Great Britain, and Sweden).
PEPPOL enables access to its standards- based IT transport infrastructure through access points, and provides services for eProcurement with standardized electronic document formats. As an open standardized platform PEPPOL’s infrastructure has been designed to interconnect existing networks and bridge individual eBusiness 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.
Allow easier access to public services through electronic identity. The STORK (Secure Identity Across Borders Linked) pilot project allows citizens and businesses to access eGovernment services in any Member State they live in or travel to, by making cross-border use of electronic identification possible.
Next generation Points of Single Contact. The SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services) pilot project aims to help businesses expand into other countries by helping them to comply with all the regulations, licenses and permits they need to deal with.
Patient information online. The epSOS (European Patents Smart Open Services) pilot project sums up patient information, which includes general and medical information about the patient and his current medications. Through use of ePrescription and eMedication systems patients are able to safely obtain their correct medicines in foreign pharmacies, and healthcare professionals have access to the necessary electronic patient data to help patients.
Judicial information accessible for citizens. The EU funded e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) project will make judicial procedures more transparent, efficient and economic based on connecting judicial systems through development of common technical standards in the field of e-Identity, e-Signatures, e-Payment and e-Filing.
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