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Trusted information exchange

While seamless data exchange is becoming ever more important in Europe, there is a need for agreements and guidance in this area – both at the European Commission and Member State levels – that ensure that the information is exchanged in a secure and trustworthy manner. The cluster Trusted information exchange tackles the challenges posed by the different administrative, technical and legal backgrounds of the Member States, which can hinder the smooth and secure transfer of data.

The cluster deals with information that is exchanged cross-border, typically taking place in sector-specific projects. The cluster addresses topics such as semantics, information availability and usage, trust and privacy, and the catalogue of services. 

1.1Improving semantic interoperability in European eGovernment systems

Semantic interoperability

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Promoting semantic interoperability amongst the European Union Member States
When is this action of interest to you?

You work in the area of government metadata management and want to check upon and possibly reuse semantic assets (metadata and/or reference data), understand semantic interoperability requirements, approaches, tools, lessons learnt and case studies. You want to share your own semantic assets.

1.2Improving cross-border access to government data

Base registries

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Access to base registries
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a base registry representative and you receive requests to open up your registry to cross-border public services and/or other registries. To respond to these requests, you want to gain insights into how to develop/improve the cross-border interoperability features of your base registry.

You are working for a public service and are in charge of liaising with cross-border base registries to develop new add-on services. You advise your public service organization and the identified cross-border registries on how to become interoperable and/or how to gain interoperability maturity.

1.3Accessing Member State information resources at European level

Catalogue of Services

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Catalogue of Services
When is this action of interest to you?

You are responsible for implementing a catalogue of public services in your country. In some cases you may need to compile information about public services from various authorities. This action will provide some harmonisation of national and European service catalogues that will help European public administrations to understand what is available in other countries and also to access some common tools and data models to describe public services in an interoperable manner. This will help national administrations to link up public services domestically and in future to create a European combined catalogue of public services, a key precondition for building up cross-border services.

1.4EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities


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ECAS-STORK integration
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public administration from one of the countries participating in STORK. You want to enable your citizens to use their national electronic identities (eIDs) to gain access to European Commission information systems.

For the European Commission, ECAS-STORK integration is providing a high level of assurance regarding the identity of citizens and furthering EU-wide interoperability of eIDs.

1.5An interoperable solution for electronic identities (eIDs)

Stork sustainability

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STORK sustainability
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a Member State authority, a European Institution or an agency and you want to comply with the eIDAS regulation obligations by accepting electronic identities from other Member States, so that foreign citizens and business can obtain access to your local electronic services.

This action will provide you with a solution or reference implementation allowing you to connect your services to the EU-wide interoperability platform of electronic identities based on STORK. This action is going to be taken over by the CEF programme.

1.6 – 1.19Developing electronic procurement for Europe

Electronic procurement

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CIPA - Common Infrastructure for Public Administrations Sustainability (Including PEPPOL) – formerly called "PEPPOL Sustainability"
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public administration interested in switching to eProcurement and cross-border eProcurement in particular, or a system integrator elaborating an eProcurement approach for public administrations, taking into account the need for Europe-wide interoperability, or a supplier to a public administration looking forward to benefiting from eProcurement.

1.7Promoting interoperable eProcurement across Europe


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When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European administration intending to switch to eProcurement or a system integrator working on an eProcurement approach for a European administration. You need to cover the last mile between PEPPOL and your back ­office systems. The e-PRIOR tool, the open-source eProcurement platform, is a free-to-use and will help you connect to the PEPPOL network and deploy eProcurement services while reducing the cost of your investment.

1.8Permitting secure document workflows between EU and national institutions

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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.

1.9eSignature tools to support cross-border access to eServices for businesses

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TSL and eSignature creation/verification tools
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public administration or a public service developer and you want to increase the efficiency of your e-services. You want to create and verify e-signatures on the basis of your Trusted List, in a format that is readable and suitable for a cross-border use.

1.10Flexible administrative cooperation platform

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IMI – the Internal Market Information System
When is this action of interest to you?

You work in a national, regional or local authority, and you need information from an authority in another Member State. IMI helps you to identify that authority and to communicate with it, even if you do not have a common language.

You can exchange information required in order to facilitate the free movement and establishment of citizens and businesses.

1.11Managing and supporting the exchange of information

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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.

1.12Reusable tools for information collection

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Open source software to support the European Citizens' Initiative
When is this action of interest to you?

You are the organizer of a European Citizens’ Initiative and wish to gather statements of support online. In order to do this you have to setup an online collection system that must satisfy certain technical and security requirements and be certified by the competent authorities of a Member State. The open source software ‘Online Collection System for European Citizens’ Initiatives’ meets your needs.

1.13Open Source software for editing legislation


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LEOS – Legislation Editing Open Software
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a member of an organization dealing with the editing or publication of legal texts. You are looking for an easy to use editing tool which provides guidance and quality control for writers. You are struggling with the formalization of legal texts. You are looking for a structured format which would enable automatic processing and interoperability between IT systems.

1.14Development of a new cross-sector information system

SOLVIT – effective problem solving in Europe
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a part of a network dealing with complaints arising from the problems citizens or businesses encounter when going abroad or when involved in cross-border business in the EU in your specific policy area. You could make use of the SOLVIT technology and network in order to solve the complaints you are receiving in a transparent and efficient way.

1.15Making administrative data available for reuse

Open Data

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Open Government Data
When is this action of interest to you?

You want to check up on and possibly reuse European Commission open data.

1.16Development of optimal interoperability solutions for the establishment of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain

Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE)
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European public administration that wants effective implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation in the fields of maritime safety and security, border control and fisheries control, customs and environment. You would like to have access to cross-sector and cross-border data related to maritime operations and avoid duplication of data collection.

You are working in industry and you would participate in developing appropriate interoperability standards, enhance competitiveness and demand for surveillance capabilities.

1.17Improving the cross-border exchange of spatial information

INSPIRE directive

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A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform
When is this action of interest to you?

You are working in a European public administration or in industry. This action will help to increase interoperability among public authorities by supporting the implementation of a European spatial data infrastructure, including the creation of reusable tools.

1.18Building safe authentication

Federated authorisation


Federated Authorisation Across European Public Administrations
When is this action of interest to you?

You have a role or function as an official within a European public administration. You need to access a secure European Commission web site while being recognised as having the particular role or function given by your administration. This action will extend the existing EC electronic identification through ECAS-STORK (European Commission Authentication Service integrated with Secure idenTity acrOss boRders linKed) by complementing your identity with authorisation information assigned by your home country, such as your position in a public administration on behalf of which you are entitled to act.

1.20Information exchange between the EU and Member States to monitor the application of EU-LAW

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Application of EU Law: provision of cross sector communication and problem solving tools
When is this action of interest to you?

You, the Commission or a central government, are interested in reducing extra manual data encoding. This action supporting the application of EU law, allows you to transmit data directly from your back-office systems to the EC according to the principles of the European Interoperability framework (EIF).

1.22Providing big data opportunities for public administrations

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Big Data and Open Knowledge for Public Administrations
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public administration that wants to better exploit the potential of big data. You want to take advantage of open data and to be able to link information coming from different sources. This action will help you make use of big data techniques to reuse your data and transform them into knowledge.

1.21Facilitating the exchange of legislation data in Europe

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European Legislation Identifier (ELI)
When is this action of interest to you?

You are a citizen, a business, a public authority, a legal professional or an academic that wants to access or share European or national legislation online. The European Legislation Identifier (ELI) provides a solution to uniquely identify European legislation online. ELI allows you to easily access, share and exchange EU and Member State legislation.