On December 4th and 5th 2014 a face to face meeting is planned. During the first day of this meeting business representatives of the piloting MSs will decide on issues still outstanding. Moreover the pilot milestone planning will be discussed. So far partners are aiming at July 1th 2015 to get started with piloting.
On the second day all BBs, that will be piloted, will be discussed profoundly between e-Confirmation solution architects and technical experts, representing the various BB clusters. As from 2015, development and technical implementation will get started.
The Memberstates, intending to pilot the e-Confirmation UC agreed on e-Confirmation UC version 2.0. This agreement covers both the UC requirements and the architecture on domain level. The e-Confirnmation team decided to pilot e-Delivery, eDocuments and e-Signature as relevant BBs. For the time being e-ID is placed out of scope.
Austria, Estonia, Netherlands and Poland submitted their national pilot plan. The Slovakian plan is under construction. In these pilot plans, the piloting MSs elaborate how the e-Confirmation UC and its BBs will be implemented on a national level, within the currently existing national infrastructure.
* e-Confirmation legally equal to EHIC and/or PRC
Critical succes factor for e-Confirmation is its legal status, that should be equal to the EHIC and/or its Provisional Replacement Certificate. Regulation 883/2004 rules that electronic documents, sent in conformity with this regulation, may not be rejected. The newly approved Regulation 910/2014 (eIDAS) rules amongst others the legal meaning of electronic signatures and seals. e-Confirmation will apply an advanced signature/seal. According to eSENS’ legal experts the e-Confirmation has to be accepted by European institutions as a legal equivalent of the current EHIC and/or PRC.
* EHIC could be subject to insurance verification and might be witdrawn/rejected
Article 5 of Regulation 987/2009 (2) says: “where there is doubt about the validity of a document, the institution of MS B shall ask the issuing institution in MS A for necessary clarification, and where appropriate for withdrawal of that document”. Since in most cases the expiration date of EHICs might be 3 or more years in future, it is justifyable to doubt about the current validity and to check, whether circumstances did not change since the date of issuing. In case the card appears no longer valid, it could be withdrawn by the issuing Institution. In terms of e-Confirmation, this withdrawal is demonstrated by an e-Rejection.
So far the EHIC is out of scope of the e-Confirmation UC. Against this legal background, the e-Confirmation team might reconsider this standpoint.
Apart from previously mentioned ENED partners, Estonia confirmed its willingness to pilot e-Confirmation as well. Moreover Romania, Turkey and Greece demonstrated their interest in piloting e-Confirmation. The Czech Republic, initially intending to pilot, withdraw.
e-SENS consolidates the future standards for the electronic building blocks that will enable citizens, businesses and public administrations to come together to do their business online on the European market. Building blocks (BBs) are software components that may be independently developed and deployed. e-SENS will focus on providing the following modules:
- e-Documents - to understand any document format in public administration
- e-Delivery - to facilitate electronic document exchange across borders
- e-ID - to extend the use of domestic ID to other EU countries
- e-Signature - to enable signing and verifying any document
- Semantics - to create common meaning of definitions in public administration
These modules are developed by consolidating and improving results of Large Scale projects (LSP): e-CODEX, epSOS, SPOCS, STORK, and PEPPOL. Although NETC@RDS/ENED was/is not considered as an LSP, the e-Confirmation UC is considered by the e-SENS management as a promising service for European citizens and health care providers, in line with the other LSP servcices.
Moreover there is no doubt that the above mentioned BBs could be reused in the e-Confirmation UC seamlessly. Against that background the e-Confirmation UC is approved to be piloted. The e-Confirmation team is positioned as a separate workgroup in the e-SENS’ eHealth domain and chaired by the Dutch partner CZ.
In the November 29th 2013 meeting, the ENED partners concluded that partners' aims concerning insurance verification in real time on European level can be achieved best, being a partner of- and belonging to a common Consortium, being ENED. Moreover the e-SENS project http://www.esens.eu/home.html that started on April 1th 2013 is considered by ENED as a promising ‘vehicle’ to get a Europewide support for the e-Confirmation Use Case. The ENED partners from Poland and Netherlands already joined the e-SENS Consortium. Austria and Slovakia are going to start negotiations with their national e-SENS coordinator to join as well. Both German AOK’s choose for a role as observer in this stage.
In the meantime, the ENED partners commited themselves to continu the current NETC@RDS service for another year.
On November 29th 2013 the ENED partners will organize their 11th management meeting in Brussels.
In the previous period ENED partners were testing the web service based version of the NETC@RDS functionality. Some tests are completed succesfully, some are still running. The aim is to switch from the website version towards the webservice solution as soon as possible.
In parallel the current functionality has been evaluated. Result of this exercise is, that future proof requirements are defined in terms of two Use Cases ('Get eConfirmation and provide eConfirmation'). Partners agreed on these UC's during the Breda meeting.
Since ENED is joining the eSENS project, it has to be explored whether ENED should implement the new UC's on its own, or in full alignment with eSENS. It's the aim to clarify this issue before the end of this year.
Last but not least: ENED partners committed themselves in 2011 for a two years period at least. This period ends on December 31th 2013. In the Brussels meeting partners are expected to clarify their future position concerning ENED.
On August 13th 2013 the ENED partners will organize their 10th management meeting in Breda-Netherlands.
During that meeting the final versions of the Use Cases will be agreed on. Moreover it will be discussed what partners the Use Cases will develop and implement and when.
The technical workgroup is preparing the pre-conditions for testing data exchange between the national portals, based on web services. During the Breda meeting the current status will be discussed and the test planning will be agreed on.
In the meantime both the Austrian, Polish and Dutch partner joined the eSENS project. For more information see the eSENS fact sheet (downloadable below) and their website: http://www.esens.eu
On June 20th 2013 the ENED partners will organize their 9th management meeting in Brussels
During that meeting the final drafts of the Use Cases will be discussed and agreed on. Moreover next steps will be clarified.
Moreover the current status - and next steps of the technical workgroup will be discussed.
Since some ENED partners are participating in the project eSENS as well, the coherence between both projects will be explored..
On April 25th 2013 the ENED partners will organize their 8th management meeting in Radošina (SK)
In the previous meeting ENED decided to set up two working groups. One working group is in charge for technical issues, and will come up with a plan to get the portals operational in a daily routine. Data exchange will take place, based on the current architecture, and based on web services.
A second workgroup elaborates the Use Cases, designed during the Vienna workshop meeting and focuses on the aimed (new) services.
Interim results of both workgroups will be discussed in Radošina and next steps will be prepared.