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GENIS – Generic Interoperable Notification Services

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public administration that exchanges data with other administrations (e.g. Commission and Member State administrations). The format of your structured data (e.g. forms) might change due to changes in legislation and requires the quick and flexible adaptation of the data exchange channels. The history of your data exchanges with other administrations should be accessible to either party. Furthermore, you want to foster system-to-system data exchanges between administrations to reduce extra manual data encoding. GENIS offers you generic components to build information systems that cover these needs.

What is this action about?

GENIS will design, develop and implement services that will manage and support the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission within the State Aid Notification Process.

It will be set up by reusing existing components, building blocks and services modules, in particular those developed by the actions "e-PRIOR – eProcurement platform" and "e-TrustEx – Trusted Exchange Platform". 

The action will permit Member States to transmit data directly from their back-office systems to the EU Commission, thereby avoiding the manual encoding of data.

GENIS covers the exchange of structured and unstructured data, notably:

  • pre-notification and notification of State Aid measures by the Member States to the Commission;
  • yearly revision of State Aid notifications (real expenditures) by the Member States;
  • management of communication and workflows (documents, messages, mails) between the Commission and the Member States during the State Aid Notification Process.

Moreover, it will provide a service to adapt the IT systems dealing with Staid Aid notifications in case of changes in State Aid legislation.

To support interoperability, the GENIS action will implement open interfaces (e.g. web-services) for Member States to connect their back-offices with existing Commission systems.

What are the objectives?

  • automating and securing the information exchange between Commission departments (competition, agriculture, fisheries, etc.) and the Member States within the State Aid Notification Process;
  • improving reusability, effectiveness and efficiency by reducing the costs of maintaining and updating (e.g. to adapt to changed legislation) existing IT services and by reducing the costs and risks of future developments by reusing corporate Service Oriented Architecture infrastructure.

What are the benefits?

  • increase the efficiency of the pre-notification and notification of State Aid measures;
  • Member States' public administrations
  • improve the quality of data that Member States submit to the Commission;
  • European Commission Services
  • increase efficiency and reduce development costs by sharing and reusing components;
  • European Commission Services
  • minimise the resources needed to adapt the notification service when State Aid notification legislation changes.
  • European Commission Services

What is our approach?

The action is led by the European Commission’s Competition Directorate-General (DG Competition) in association with the Agriculture and Fisheries Directorates-General.

The Inception phase was finalised in Q2 2011 with the drafting and submission of the Project Charter, a document that defines the high-level requirements (problems and opportunities, needs, and features). It also defines the organisation and methodology to ensure maximum reuse of existing components, building blocks and service modules, in particular those developed by the projects "ePrior – eProcurement platform" and "Trusted Document Exchange Platform".  

The current phase (phase 1) of GENIS (Q2 2011 – Q1 2012) aims at:

  1. defining the GENIS Business Architecture that shapes business processes. The business processes of the State Aid Notification in terms of phase 1 are:
    • pre-notification and notification of State Aid measures by the Member States;
    • interactions with the decision-making processes of the Commission;
    • other exchanges of information between the Commission and the Member States;
    • annual State Aid expenditure reviews and reporting / scoreboard;
    • workflows and processes that put all the above together.
  2. abstracting common services, generic tools and cross-policy processes;
  3. analysing existing SOA components of the Commission and/or under development by the ISA Programme and any other type of reusable services, tools or components.
  4. defining the GENIS IS architecture, identifying generic tools and/or common services immediately reusable by GENIS that would need modification and adaptation and those specific to GENIS needing to be developed.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q4/2010 to Q4/2015
  • Parties involved: EU institutions (DG Competition, DG Agriculture, DG Fisheries)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 2 730 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11100

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