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On this page you can find links to information on the policy framework related to STORK 2.0 as well as to LSPs and other EU projects and initiatives relevant to the work of the project.

Policy Framework

The Digital Agenda is Europe's strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020. It outlines policies and actions to maximise the benefit of the Digital Revolution for all.

The European Commission aims to support with its eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 the provision of a new generation of eGovernment services for businesses and citizens.

The European Directive on Electronic Signatures (1999/93/EC) is also important in determining the future of e-ID and therefore STORK 2.0 is of direct relevance to this directive. It is the principle directive behind legitimizing (advanced) electronic signatures and is primarily focused on ensuring that electronic signatures carry the same legitimacy as hand-written signatures as opposed to defining the electronic signature’s legal status and/or use. One of the key actions of the Digital Agenda is to revise the eSignatures Directive, because electronic identification and authentication are seen as the key preconditions of online cross border transactions.

Another important EU legislation is the European Services Directive (2006/123/EC), demanding Member States to set up an electronic government point of single contact for businesses for cross border service delivery.

eID is also related to the high impact services on eProcurement. The eProcurement Action Plan (2004/EC) sets out how the Commission and Member States can best implement the e-procurement aspects of the new Public Procurement Directives adopted in 2004.

EU Programmes

With small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as its main target, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) supports innovation activities (including eco-innovation), provides better access to finance and delivers business support services in the regions.

The ICT Policy Support Programme (or ICT PSP) aims at stimulating innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses.

Large Scale Pilots

Effective interaction between public administrations, citizens and businesses is essential to build the digital society. Online delivery of basic services to citizens and businesses (such as personal documents, income taxes, company registration, social contributions or VAT) help public authorities meet people’s needs. Today, many public services are available online but their cross-border dimension has to be reinforced. Key in the strategy to improve such interaction is the development of Large Scale Pilot projects (LSPs) engaging stakeholders such as public authorities, service providers and research centres across the EU in the implementation of common solutions to deliver online public services and make them accessible throughout Europe.

PEPPOL (Pan-European Public eProcurement On-Line) will make it easier for companies to bid for public sector contracts anywhere in the EU in a simpler and more efficient way.

SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross- Border Services) sets up national points of single contacts, i.e. "one-stop shops" to facilitate contacts between businesses and national public administrations and support the completion of administrative procedures online.

epSOS aims at making it easier for people to receive medical assistance anywhere in the EU by removing linguistic, administrative and technical barriers.

The goal of the e-CODEX project is to improve the cross-border access of citizens and businesses to legal means in Europe as well as to improve the interoperability between legal authorities within the EU. Click here to view ICT Policy Support Programme projects

Click here to view ICT Policy Support Programme projects

Other programmes and initiatives

epractice.eu is an initiative of the European Commission. Designed as a web 2.0 community service, it is tailored to the needs of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners. ePractice members may exchange experiences and views, publish cases concerning their own projects and share news, events, publications, best practices and lessons learnt.

The eGovernment portal aims to provide information on EU policies in the field of eGovernment, and the funding programmes which support concrete initiatives to improve public services.