EU Commission pumps €13.7m into cross-border digital public services

To increase cross-border business and cohesion between EU member states; the EU Commission has announced today the investment of €13.7 million towards cross-border digital public services under the project name of ‘e-SENS’ (Electronic Simple European Networked Services)

Linking digital public services is important for the future as we lead ever more digital lifestyles - both in our personal lives and at work.

This extra funding helps prepare the European Union for this inevitability, ensuring the relevant infrastructure is in place earlier rather than later.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission said in today’s press release: "Enabling the many digital public services which we have across Europe to work together in a secure and efficient way is a win-win for everyone.”

She continues: “Governments can make the best of their on-line strategies; businesses can cut the costs of doing business in the single market; and citizens have less bureaucracy to deal with as they move around Europe."

This is part of the package to help create what the Commission is calling a “connected continent” which is to be primarily fuelled by high-speed broadband spanning the entire EU.

e-SENS is broken down into five more specific projects, these include:

  • STORK (Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed)

Through use of a digital eID, the initiative provides a single means of European electronic identification and authentication. This is presented both at a national, and at an EU level.

In order to help make the judicial system more digital, and available to citizens when travelling in EU member states; e-CODEX allows the transfer of legal information across countries, with less paper work which slows the traditional process used today.

Arguably one of the most important projects of the package, epSOS means your prescriptions and medical records can be accessed in any country the citizen visits. This will rapidly speed up treatment times, and alert of any specific medical requirements.

  • PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online)

Helping to make the business procurement process easier and more efficient, PEPPOL will help citizens deal with European public services.

  • SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross- Border Services)

Expanding into other countries can be difficult to comply with all regulations. There’s applying for various licenses, permits... It’s hard enough in your own country, but moving your business abroad gets even more complicated. SPOCS helps to provide a seamless electronic procedure which fits into the cross-border nature of e-SENS.

e-SENS will be launching with partners from 20 countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

The five individual projects will help make previously complicated cross-border tasks and services; both easier, and more modern. Most of all - it prepares the EU for a digital, connected future.

What do you think about the EU Commission’s investment into cross-border digital public services?

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