In a nutshell:
Large-Scale Pilots (LSPs) within the European Union are perceived as crucial means to respond to a twofold goal: First, to promote the concept of “smart growth”, which according to the ‘Europe 2020 Agenda’, is a cornerstone for Europe’s future. Second, to help Europe become more than just a sum of its parts in order to compete and grow effectively. The European Commission, in its endeavour to make the EU a leading global competitive power, faces the challenge to remove digital borders and promote the ICT industry. The advantages from turning the EU into a Digital Single Market relate to the reduction of transaction costs and the establishment of free movement of persons, capital and ideas. The application of LSPs enhances the shift to the “e” space for a very broad range of activities, thus facilitating citizens and businesses to build, connect and grow. The basic aims of the LSPs are:
- To ensure that businesses, governments and citizens efficiently implement ICT innovations.
- To unlock business opportunities and market developments by favouring the development of EU-wide markets.
- To produce higher quality products and compete better on a global scale.
Five LSPs have been initiated in Europe so far, touching upon different fields, all of them with remarkable results. STORK, focuses on eIdentity, promotes digital living aims and allows access to eGovernment services from all over the EU. PEPPOL facilitates eProcurement by reducing transaction costs and making it easier for companies to bid for public sector contracts. SPOCS deals with eServices and brings more countries and professions to the community, by setting up national points of single contact. ePSOS is related to eHealth and makes it easier for people to receive medical assistance anywhere in the EU. Finally, e-CODEX, concerns eJustice, reduces the burden of courts and improves the cross-border exchange of information between judicial authorities.
In addition, DG CONNECT plans to launch eSENS, a new LSP in 2013 that will focus on providing a set of Basic Cross Sector Services, ready for reuse, in key areas such as health, public procurement, services and Justice, including notably a common eID management as well as other building blocks such as eDelivery, virtual company dossier, etc. The essence of the new pilot is to consolidate and solidify the work done by the different large scale pilot projects previous launched, to industrialise the solutions and to extend their potential to more and different domains.
The LSPs are interrelated to the new European Commission’s initiative, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is a key instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at the European level for the years to come.
In addition, the Conference aims at addressing the challenges accruing from the transformation of the global economic, social and political system in relation to the promotion of the Digital Single Market and at putting to context the ways LSPs can address these challenges. Further policy steps are to be discussed: For example, the LSP activities need to further enhance collaboration and promote the re-use of the building blocks outside of the pilot projects. In addition, legal and semantic barriers need to be tackled. Finally, there is a need to increase the number of pilots that directly involve Member States, which means that the EU needs to further mobilise public administrations, citizens and businesses to interact effectively in developing innovative and interoperable solutions in areas of public interest.
- Why and where is the ICT industry needed?
- How can the industry be engaged to guarantee the quality and take-up of the results of the LSPs?
- What business opportunities exist for ICT industries under the new European Commission’s initiatives?
- How is it possible to guarantee equal treatment and engagement of SME in the new business environment?
- How should public administrations participate in order to be more effective and efficient?
- What can we learn from LSPs past experience/results, especially concerning the promotion of the Digital Single Market?
- How can the ICT industry, through the facilitation of LSPs contribute to economic growth within the EU?
- What kind of barriers should be removed to further promote the Digital Single Market?
This event is open to MS, industries, businesses, stakeholders, practitioners, researchers, experts and public administration officials that are involved in LSP projects and 'smart growth' initiatives. It is also open to businesses and/or citizens who interact with them: project implementers; European Commission officers; ePractice members etc.
Registration for this event is available through DG Connect's registration tool.
Submission of summaries/PPT slides:
In case you would like to present your own experience as an Industry around the Large Scale Pilots or similar projects and/or your vision on the future European Digital Services Infrastructures, please submit your speaker proposal through the ePractice organising team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than 8 February.
Regarding your summary, please download and complete the "Proposal form". Final presentations should not exceed 6 power point slides and should be concise and factual.
A few selected speakers will set the scene with a 15 minute presentation and the rest of the programme will be dedicated to roundtable discussions and networking purposes.
Deadlines to remember:
- Submission of summaries/ presentations: 08 February 2013
- Speaker participation confirmation: 13 February 2013
- Submission of final presentations: 19 February 2013
- Event date: 21 February 2013
- Publication of workshop proceedings: Beginning of March 2013
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