e-Sens: fostering business and entrepreneurship


The e-Sens (“Electronic Simple European Networked Services”) project is a new Large Scale Pilot launched within the ICT Policy Support Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme. The aim of the project is to develop an infrastructure for interoperable public services in Europe. Concretely, it will support the creation of a Digital Single Market by facilitating the delivery and usage of electronic public services.

The industry will benefit as e-Sens will access open source solutions to be used in their own business services. Businesses will also benefit through an improved freedom of movement, living and doing business within the EU. It aims to significantly reduce the costs for businesses. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission stated: “Enabling the many digital public services which we have across Europe to work together in a secure and efficient way is a win-win for everyone: governments can make the best of their online strategies; businesses can cut the costs of doing business in the single market; and citizens have less bureaucracy to deal with as they move around Europe.”

The European Commission funds the project for an amount of €13.7 million. Twenty countries (eighteen EU Member States plus Norway and Turkey) are included. The main feature of fostering the ease of doing business is through interoperable eIDs, eSignature, eDelivery and eDocuments.

For more information on the e-Sens project, click here.