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What is eDelivery

1. Overview

eDelivery is a network of nodes for digital communications. It is based on a distributed model where every participant becomes a node using standard transport protocols and security policies.

eDelivery helps public administrations to exchange electronic data and documents with other public administrations, businesses and citizens, in an interoperable, secure, reliable and trusted way.

eDelivery is one of the building blocks of the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These building blocks are reusable specifications, software and services that will form part of a wide variety of IT systems in different policy domains of the EU.

The CEF eDelivery building block is based on the AS4 messaging protocol, open and free for all, developed by the OASIS standards development organisation. To ease its adoption in Europe, eDelivery uses the AS4 implementation guidelines defined by the Member States in the e-SENS Large Scale Pilot. Organisations must install an Access Point, or use a Service Provider, to exchange information with the AS4 messaging protocol. 

What is an eDelivery network

eDelivery works as a collection of distributed nodes that are conformant to the same technical rules, and therefore capable of interacting with each other. eDelivery prescribes technical specifications that can be used in any Policy Domain of the EU (Justice, Procurement, Consumer Protection, etc.) to enable secure and reliable exchange of documents and data (structured, non-structured and/or binary), both across borders and sectors. 

As a result, organisations that have developed their IT systems independently from each other can start to securely communicate with one another once they have connected to a eDelivery node.

It is important to note that there is no single eDelivery node per Member State but several ones. Each one of these nodes is deployed for a specific Pan-European Project within a given policy domain: eJustice, eProcurement, etc. Typically, the nodes of eDelivery are uni-domain and uni-project.

The eDelivery nodes can be implemented at any administrative level: national, regional, local or by single organisations. The deployment model must be defined upfront by the Pan-European project.

Who is involved

Policy domain owners

Policy domain owners involved in the roll out of EU or national policies that require the secure exchange of documents and data are the main target of the services of eDelivery DSI.

By adopting eDelivery, these actors make sure that Public Administrations can exchange any type of data and documents across borders. This means enabling Administration to Administration communication (A2A) contributing to the creation of an European single market which is fit for the digital age. 

eDelivery can also be used in Administration to Business (A2B) and Business to Administration (B2A) scenarios, as proven by the PEPPOL implementation of eDelivery in the eProcurement domain.

It can also enable the interconnection of Public Administrations with Citizens (A2C and C2A) when adopted in the development of webportals. For example, eDelivery enables the eJustice portal to talk with other information systems. Communications between citizens (C2C) is out of scope of eDelivery. 

Software and service providers 

The eDelivery DSI is also appealing for service and software vendors in the eDelivery domain. These actors can benefit form the CEF eDelivery services when upgrading their solutions to become conformant with the technical specifications. 

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