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SPOCS NEWS

Publisher: Gov2U, Issue No: 5

Editorial

Dear reader,

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the SPOCS newsletter! I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2012! May this year surpass the previous one, in both personal and professional achievements!

The global financial crisis has stimulated Europe’s thinking: the results are encompassed in the Europe 2020 strategy. The strategy adopts a cross-sector approach, explaining how Europe can become a “smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion”. The Digital Agenda stresses the need for European public administrations to provide efficient, effective cross-border eGovernment services. The EU Services Directive already requires all procedures involved in establishing a business and providing services in another EU country to be fully online.

According to the European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015, to support the Internal Market, governments should develop ‘seamless’ services for entrepreneurs to set up and run a business anywhere in Europe and allowing individuals to study, work, reside, receive health care and retire anywhere in the European Union. Businesses should be able to sell and provide services and products all across the EU, through easy electronic public procurement and the effective implementation of the Services offering single points of contact to businesses for their interactions with government. As stated in the Action Plan: “SPOCS ‘Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services’ aims at removing the administrative barriers that European business face when wanting to offer their services abroad, by supporting the implementation of next generation points of single contact and the associated eProcedures”.

SPOCS is one of several Large Scale Pilot’s (LSP) building software components and demonstrating e-services intended for reuse after the project is completed. Indeed, SPOCS is already reusing some of the software components of the STORK and PEPPOL projects and, in turn, SPOCS and other LSP building blocks will be reused within the newer project for e-Justice services e-CODEX and other future LSPs. Thus, the long term sustainability of SPOCS is linked to the fate of other LSPs and begs the question: Should there be a single cross-LSP action that sustains the infrastructural LSP outcomes as an integrated set? How can the LSPs together participate to such a joint initiative?

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Kind Regards,
SPOCS Newsletter team

SPOCS in an EU co-funded project CIP-ICT PSP-2008-2 no238935

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Five CIP pilot projects exhibition of the Innovation Convention- Build, Connect, Grow


Simple effective innovation is possible to facilitate lives of citizens and business in the Union! Our stand presented five CIP pilot projects (PEPPOL, SPOCS, STORK, eCODEX, epSOS) which demonstrate how innovative ICT services can contribute to citizens and business mobility.
   
The European Commission showcased a family of five new online public services to the "Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans "conference of the Polish Presidency in Poznan
 
The five projects (STORK, PEPPOL, SPOCS, epSOS, e-CODEX) have already demonstrated concrete benefits for citizens, businesses and governments during their pilot phases. eGovernment must not stop at national borders , and these five projects prove that it does not have to, making the lives of citizens and businesses easier, while being more efficient and cost effective than existing public services .

 

SPOCS Industry and Business representatives Group meeting, 16 November 2011- Poznan, Poland

Since the previous contact with the Industry and Business representatives group, SPOCS has been very active in taking its specifications from paper to the real world of live pilots. Indeed, all the technical modules have been developed and integrated to national portals. Moreover, In June 2011 SPOCS has entered the “piloting phase” as three professions (Real Estate Agent, Travel Agent and Master Builder) were launched on the PSC portals of Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland in a real life environment. The second wave, introducing the professions of architect and tourist animator, is undergoing its final preparations in order to go live early 2012.

Participants of the meeting learned how SPOCS solutions work in real life situations. The first experiences of piloting Member States were presented.

 

6th Ministerial eGovernment Conference: Wendy Carrara spoke during Session: Cross-Border e-Services
 
In 2009, the Commission with 16 Member States launched a large scale pilot SPOCS to take advantage of the 2nd generation of the points of Single Contacts in line with the Digital Agenda for Europe, as well as the scope and requirements of the Services Directive. In this session, advances of cross-border e-services were discussed.

 

SPOCS stand at the Single Market Forum
 

The two-day forum was the first of a series of similar conferences that will take place in the coming years. It marked the starting point of a debate among EU institutions and stakeholders on the development of the Single Market.

 

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Digital Agenda: Turning government data into gold
 

The Commission has launched an Open Data Strategy for Europe, which is expected to deliver a €40 billion boost to the EU's economy each year. Europe’s public administrations are sitting on a goldmine of unrealised economic potential: the large volumes of information collected by numerous public authorities and services.

Modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive will make it easier for professionals to find skilled jobs across Europe

The proposal aims at simplifying rules for the mobility of professionals within the EU by offering a European Professional Card to all interested professions which would allow easier and faster recognition of qualifications

 

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BUSINESSEUROPE's report "Are the Points of Single Contact (PSCs) truly making things easier for European companies?"
 
The report presents views of European companies on the functioning of the Points of Single Contact obtained through a comprehensive questionnaire.

 

Autumn 2011 Standard Eurobarometer: people see the European Union as part of the solution to the crisis
 

Europeans continue to see the European Union as the most effective actor – ahead of national governments – in tackling the effects of the economic crisis. The EU remains in first place (23%, +1) and is followed by national governments (20%, unchanged).

The functioning and usability of the Points of Single Contact - Preliminary study results

Richard Doherty (Partner, Deloitte) gave a presentation titled “The functioning and usability of the Points of Single Contact - Preliminary study results” during the Doing business made easier? Making the most of the "Points of Single Contact" conference (28 November 2011).

Single Market News

The latest English version of Single Market News issue 62 is now available.

Doing business made easier: the "Points of Single Contact"- (The Krakow Declaration, Single Market Forum, 3-4 October 2011)

The Single Market Forum calls on EU countries to improve the availability, quality and userfriendliness of their PSCs. To facilitate and promote trade across borders, Member States must simplify access and use of the PSC for entrepreneurs from other EU countries.

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