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Digital Europe for All

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - DE4A (Digital Europe for All)

Reporting period: 2021-01-01 to 2021-12-31

DE4A has as over-arching goals and vision to reinforce trust in public institutions’ transparency and protection of users’ information and to unleash multiple qualitative and quantitative positive impacts in terms of efficiency gains and reduction of administrative burden, costs and barriers in cross-border public services through substantiation of the innovation and transformative technologies potential and the use of stakeholder expertise.
To meet these goals, DE4A envisages eight well-defined activities in close coordination with on-going concerted efforts between the Member States and the European Commission.
Obj 1: Inventory of current eGovernment landscape, enablers and barriers
Obj 2: Architecture Vision and Framework of the future, open eGovernment environment
Obj 3: Extended Semantic Interoperability Framework and Solutions
Obj 4: Pilots for Citizens and Business
Obj 5: Design and development of common components
Obj 6: Sustainable impact and new governance models
Obj 7: Legal aspects
Obj 8: Engagement
In the 2nd period (2021), DE4A has continued to advance towards the marked objectives:
● Delivery of the final version of the Project Start Architectures
● Release of the 1st version of the DE4A common and semantic components
● Design the scope of the 1st and 2nd iteration of the pilots.
● Execution of the first iteration of the pilots and collection of feedback.
The project built on the actions carried out in the 1st period:
In year 1, WP1 "Inventory of current eGovernment landscape" carried out a survey to the Member States, with a response rate of 75%, making the results representative for the EU countries. The survey results reflected the actual situations in every country, with a focus on eIDAS, SDGR (life events), Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) and OOP. In the 2nd period, the methodology for data gathering was revised for the updated surveys in the 3rd year.
In the 2nd year, WP2 “Architecture Vision and Framework" provided the 2nd iteration of the Project Start Architecture (D2.5) and the Final DE4A Trust Management Models and Blockchain Support Framework (D2.3). These deliverables are the starting point for the solution definition for the 2nd iteration of the 3 DE4A Pilots and provides architectural guidance for the pilot implementations. The Service Interoperability Toolbox (D2.6) was initially set up in a Media Wiki. The reference architecture was integrated in the Wiki ( with continuous support to other activities.
WP3 "Semantic Interoperability Solutions" currently includes existing semantic assets required by the Minimum Viable Product (D3.1) and the specific semantic requirements elicited by the pilots and the project (D3.2) including close follow-up of the new and improved semantic components from the other initiatives (TOOP,SDG OOP WG 4 for example); semantic interoperability framework DE4ASem is fully designed and presented (D3.3 and D3.4) including alignment with the pilots’ needs in the 1st and 2nd iterations; Implementation of the toolbox of semantic solutions for the MVP including design and implementation of information desk (IDK), Information exchange model (IEM), and canonical evidences required by the 3 pilots (D3.5 and D3.6).
All pilot activities started in the 1st year (WP4), as described in the ”Use Cases Definitions”. In the 2nd period, WP4 pilots have produced internal consolidation of Solution Architectures (handed-over to WP5 for alignment of technical delivery of common DE4A OOTS components according to pilot needs), planning deliverables (D4.2 D4.6 D4.10); Technical work for pilot systems integration with DE4A common components and testing Playground has been organized and managed within each pilot with intensive support from WP5 and WP3 (also WP7 for legal aspects and WP2 for extended architectural specifications for the 2nd iteration) involving heterogeneous set of teams in the participating Member States aiming for a phased Go Live of different combinations of evidence requesting and evidence issuing Member States for the first iteration. In parallel, analysis and specification of extended functionalities was addressed with the other technical work packages; lessons learnt and identification of other use and value results during the preparation phase for going live have been collected and agreed for a common approach for content of the Initial Running Phase reports in 2022.
WP5 “Design and development of common components”, built on the work in the 1st period (requirements of the architecture framework, semantic blocks and the pilots, mapping of features, inventory of features for products and components and the First technical design of interfaces and common specifications). WP5 has developed and deployed the DE4A Connector and other common components (mocked IDK, Playground) required to support phased integration and testing, following the features required by the architecture framework, the semantic blocks and the pilots. The source code is available in Github repository ( ) and multiple technical guidelines have been produced for technical partners to integrate these components (D5.5 D5.7)).
WP6 “Sustainable impact and new governance models” focus has been on the D6.1 Methodological Approach (D6.1) and coordination with the other WPs and Member States.
WP7 “Legal aspects” significant efforts were undertaken to ensure compliance with all identified legal requirements previously identified, providing legal guidance (both conceptual and through legal texts, such as privacy policies and disclaimers) to ensure that piloting can be executed in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR and the SDGR, as well as reviews of interface components to ensure that e.g. preview and prior request requirements were satisfied; and a data protection impact assessment was completed in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR. The WP7 team also ensured that identification and authentication processes considered the requirements of the eIDAS Regulation. A MoU was also drafted to clarify legal responsibilities of all piloting participants (D7.2)
Engagement activities run throughout the project, with over 40 individual actions in the 2nd period (in addition to the website and social media activities).
Digital Europe for All (DE4A) effectively puts forward a new Member State-driven large-scale pilot aimed at compliance with Single Digital Gateway and aligned with EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, Tallinn Declaration and EIF Implementation Strategy. Its over-arching goal is to reinforce trust in public institutions and to unleash multiple measurable positive impacts in terms of efficiency gains and reduction of current administrative burden and costs, rooted on a Toolkit for extended semantic interoperability and on secure, privacy-preserving and trustworthy realisation of fundamental once-only, relevant-only and digital by default principles, through state-of-the-art, usable and high-quality fully online procedures accessible through the Single Digital Gateway (SDG). Work towards these objectives has progressed in the first period and continues through the next two years.
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