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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 common services that will manage and support the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission. This will be done to serve the purposes of the European Commission's State Aid policies, and the State Aid Modernisation (SAM) process. This includes aspects such as the State Aid Notification Process, Transparency Directive, Expenditure Reporting and Publication, and State Aid Recovery.

The State Aid Modernisation process has been the most comprehensive reform of state aid control in the history of the EU, and took place during the mandate of 2010 to 2014. It included the adoption of a new Procedural Regulation, a new Enabling Regulation, a de minimis regulation, the extension of scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation, the explanatory notice on the notion of state aid, and the revision of sectorial guidelines. The State Aid Modernisation means a substantial shift of responsibility from the Commission to the Member States for the control and implementation of State Aid policies serving the Europa 2020 objectives without distorting the internal market (Article 107 and 108 Treaty on  the Functioning of the European Union).

Within this context, GENIS will be set up by reusing existing components, building blocks and services modules where possible and/or developing new reusable components when no solution is available.

When required, State Aid common services will permit Member States to transmit data directly from their back-office systems to the EU Commission (e.g. State Aid Transparency Data Collection), thereby avoiding the manual encoding of data.

GENIS common services cover the exchange of structured and unstructured data, notably:

  • Management of communication and workflows (documents, messages, mails) between the Commission and the Member States during the State Aid Notification Process. 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.
  • Collection and publication by Member States of individual awards on exempted aid schemas (i.e. State Aid controlled by Member States) in order to comply with SAM new transparency requirements (SAM stipulates that individual awards higher than 500.000€ from exempted schemas must be published).
  • Calculation by the Commission of amount and interests due on Recovery cases (incompatible State Aid), and sharing of this information with the concerned Member State administrations.

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

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

What are the objectives?

  • Develop the State Aid Notification Information System (SANI2) as a common service for the Commission (Directorates-General for Competition, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Member State administrations. SANI2 covers the State Aid Notification sub-process of the State Aid control process.
  • In the light of the State Aid Modernisation, GENIS is there to offer the features and capabilities necessary to support the substantial shift of responsibility from the Commission to the Member States for the control and implementation of State Aid. The different modules will be centrally accessible through the State Aid Portal as a common service for the Commission (Directorates-General for Competition, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)) and Member State administrations.
  • Carry out the developments in the spirit of interoperability and reusability set out by the European Interoperability Frameworkpdf (EIF) and the European Interoperability Reference Architecture (EIRA).  Identify and use, implement, adapt, develop reusable building blocks (existing or new ones) of cross-sector interest, necessary to develop the State Aid common services.

What are the benefits?

  • increase the efficiency of the pre-notification and notification of State Aid measures;
  • Improve the quality of data that Member States submit to the Commission
  • Increase efficiency and reduce development costs by sharing and reusing components
  • Minimise the resources needed to adapt the notification service when State Aid notification legislation changes

What are the next steps?

Finalisation of the ISA Action 1.11 GENIS:

  1. In the State Aid Modernisation, the opportunity for the GENIS project was to implement, in an efficient way (reusing existing building blocks) and put together under the umbrella of the State Aid Portal, common services with the features and capabilities that are necessary to support the business changes resulting from the State Aid Modernisation.
  2. The following common services were introduced in the ISA Work Programme 2015pdf and are being implemented:
    • State Aid Portal: The single entry point, with coherent user and access rights management to access the different modules of GENIS as a common service for the Commission (DGs COMP, AGRI and MARE) and Member States administrations.
    • State Aid Recovery Calculator: A tool for the calculation by the Commission of amount and interests due on Recovery cases (incompatible or unlawful State Aid), and sharing of this information with the concerned MS administrations.
    • State Aid Transparency Data Collection module: A common service for the collection and publication by Member States of individual awards on exempted aid schemas. A proof of concept was already provided to the Member States.
    • State Aid Collaboration Platform: A common service for the case-related and non-case-related exchange and communication between Commission and Member States.
    • State Aid Investigative Tools: New investigative powers have been given to the Commission for the purposes of State Aid enforcement: sector inquiries and market investigations. Analyse the needs and requirements for adapting as appropriate the use in State Aid control of sector inquiries and investigative tools developed for Antitrust and Merger control enforcement.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q4/2010 to Q4/2016
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Competition; DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Secretariat-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, DG Informatics)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 4 120 000
Want to know more?

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11100

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