Facilitating secure file exchange


2016.19 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 provides a Trusted Exchange Platform (eTrustEx) to support information exchange in any business domain, for instance legislation, competition policy, etc. It allows secure exchange of natively digital documents or scanned documents between end-users or system-to-system.

What are the objectives?

The main objective of the eTrustEx action is to support public administrations implementing EU policies that require the exchange of information across borders in an electronic format.

Another objective of this action is to lay the groundwork for the sustainability of the eTrustEx platform within the EU institutions and in the EU Member States by demonstrating the reusability of the platform in several sectors.

What are the benefits?

  • switch from expensive registered post to large scale digital exchange of information;
  • enable creation of a streamlined European ecosystem of electronic message exchange serving several sectors;
  • support secure exchange of documents, reducing manual work and increasing the efficiency of the whole process;
  • open Source publication and possible reuse of experience, lessons learnt, specifications, tools and components;
  • potential economies of scale bring indirect benefits for the EU taxpayer.

What has been already achieved?

The e-TrustEx platform is currently used in 7 pan-European projects. In this context:

  • Around 2.1 million messages have been exchanged between the European Commission, the EU Council and EU Member States since its go live until July 2018;
  • 6,300 private companies have exchanged around 6.7 million messages with the EC and other EU institutions in the scope of the e-PRIOR and EU-CEG projects since its go live until July 2018.

What are the next steps?

In 2019, work will continue on improving the platform, by developing additional features, with a particular focus on the revamp of the web application.