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 3.10.1 of the 2016 work programme.
The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.10.2 of the 2016 work programme, namely to:
enable business registers to implement and support the requirements, the data model and the standard messages coming from BRIS, which may involve the upgrade of existing business registers.
promote testing activities to ensure that transition to a fully operational mode is successful.
for the purpose of message exchange, either directly deploy the eDelivery Building Block (see section 3.4 of the work programme), or use eDelivery through a service provider.
In this respect, the grants will enable business registers to integrate their back-office systems with the eDelivery solution of their choice.
If the deployment of eDelivery is included in the proposal, the specific objective of this activity is to:
deploy AS4-compliant access points and/or to operate AS4-compliant access points for one year;
upgrade data exchange solutions (Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS), Open-Source Software (OSS) or others) to support, and therefore fully comply with CEF eDelivery standards.
4. RESULTS EXPECTED FROM THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The benefits and expected outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 18.104.22.168 of the 2016 work programme. This call will contribute in particular to:
increase confidence in the European Single Market by ensuring a safer business environment for consumers, creditors and other business partners;
create a higher degree of legal certainty as to the information in the European business registers;
improve the performance of public administrations regarding cooperation between business registers in Europe in procedures for cross-border mergers, as well as the exchange of relevant information regarding companies and their branches.
Other specific expected benefits are:
improved quality of data in domestic business registers with cross-border coherency;
digital implementation of cross-border processes;
increased transparency and easier cross-border access to information on companies;
increased possibilities for cross-border activities for companies;
increased cross-border competition;
better cooperation and communication between registers.
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 BRIS generic services is €3 million.