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Trusted Exchange Platform – e-Trustex

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European public administration that needs to electronically exchange information with other entities in a secure way. e-TrustEx is a cross-sector, open-source, free-to-use tool that will help you to exchange structured and unstructured documents and to connect to pan-European e-delivery infrastructures with reduced investment.

What is this action about?

This action will provide a Trusted Exchange Platform (e-Trustex) to support information exchange in areas such as legislation and competition policy. The Platform will be based on the existing e-PRIOR infrastructure, developed for the e-procurement area.

What are the objectives?

  • Demonstrating the re-usability of the e-Trustex platform in several sectors.
  • Customising and extending e-PRIOR, in order to automate document workflows by exchanging XML metadata and any related attachments (such as legislative and non-legislative acts in PDF, Word, etc.) in electronic format via a reliable and secure platform with the respective counter parties.
  • Definition of a holistic Architectural Vision through the analysis of the CIP Large Scale Pilots, e-PRIOR and other exchange platforms.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • switch from expensive registered post to large scale digital exchange of information;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • enable creation of a streamlined European ecosystem of electronic message exchange serving several sectors;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • support secure exchange of documents, reducing manual work and increasing the efficiency of the whole process;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • exchange other electronic business documents with other stakeholders;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • promote cost savings and improve efficiency, reduce time-to-market, ensuring interoperability with automated follow up of legislative procedures;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • open Source publication and possible reuse of experience, lessons learnt, specifications, tools and components;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations and EU institutions
Benefit
  • potential economies of scale bring indirect benefits for the EU taxpayer;
Beneficiaries
  • EU taxpayers
Benefit
  • a generic system which represents considerable progress for whole interoperability issue in Europe and important cost savings as system infrastructure would be reusable.
Beneficiaries
  • IT services in the European Commission

What is our approach?

This project will collaborate with several European Commission Directorates-General and with several other stakeholders (e.g. participants of CIP pilots, Member States). A Project Coordination Group will ensure coordination and involvement of each of the associated services.

Project stages:

  • First phase focuses on the analysis and implementation of the adaptation of the e-PRIOR platform to support the functional and architectural requirements necessary for the integration of two Commission back-end systems (pilots).
  • Second phase introduces a parallelism between: 
    • definition of a robust architecture vision with associated Implementation Roadmap making the platform reference for cross sector and cross border information exchange integrated with the transport infrastructure created by the CIP pilots; and
    • implementation of pilots together with first series of actions / additional features described in Roadmap that would prove the validity of its architecture in real / concrete situations.
  • Other phases will be identified based on the Roadmap mentioned above.

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