1. CALL CONTEXT
The general context for this call for proposals is defined in Section 2.1 of the 2016 CEF Telecom work programme as published on the call page on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) website.
2. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
The background and rationale for this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.11.1 of the 2016 work programme.
The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.11.2 of the 2016 work programme.
The call will facilitate the connection of national systems, for which Member States are responsible, to the central EESSI electronic communication (Core) platform to ensure interoperability and communication as well as the business implementation of the EESSI project.
Proposals may address any of the following activities to enable connection to the Core platform:
Acquisition of hardware (example: server, networking devices, cabling) required by EESSI (for example for the installation and connection of the Access Points or RINA (Reference Implementation of a National Application)
Acquisition of infrastructure software licenses necessary for the installation, operation and connection of EESSI Access Points participating in the EESSI business to the Core platform
Installation and configuration of the EESSI Access Points to be used for EESSI business, including non-production environments
Set up and training of the first and second level IT support teams of the EESSI Access Points participating in the EESSI business
Training for users involved in the EESSI cross-border business processes
Distribution, installation and configuration of RINA in the national domain for EESSI-
Development and deployment of national applications to allow connection to the EESSI core platform and compliance with the cross-border business processes without reusing RINA components
Development and deployment of national applications to allow connection to the EESSI core platform by reusing RINA components
Further development and configuration of the software situated in the national domain that will assist with connecting the Access Points with the national IT systems at the level of the relevant institutions for EESSI-related uses.
In addition, the proposal may include activities related to the setting up of the eDelivery access point to be used by the EESSI generic services, as detailed in sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 of the 2016 work programme. An eDelivery access point is defined as an implementation of the e-SENS AS4 Profile, a profile of the ebMS3 and AS4 OASIS Standards. This specification is available for download here: http://wiki.ds.unipi.gr/display/ESENS/PR+-+AS4
4. RESULTS EXPECTED FROM THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The benefits and expected outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 184.108.40.206 of the 2016 work programme. This call will contribute in particular to supporting an efficient transition to electronic exchange of data in order to reduce the period of coexistence of digital exchange with the current paper procedures, increase overall efficiency in social security coordination activity and help Member States comply with the provisions and deadlines specified by Regulations (EC) 883/2004 and 987/2009.
The indicative amount to be allocated on the basis of this call for proposals to projects of common interest in the field of trans-European telecommunications for EESSI generic services is €24.5 million.