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Member States and the Commission will assess outcomes of PEPPOL and SPOCS and ensure sustainable follow up.

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Has the EC assessed the outcomes of PEPPOL and SPOCS? Yes A technical validation meeting took place at CEBIT March 2012 for LSP building blocks. A second technical validation meeting took place May 2012. Industry's feedback on the assessment of the LSPs building blocks expected November 2012 Also, in 2012 the EC launched the study "The feasibility and scenarios for the long-term sustainability of the Large Scale Pilots, including 'ex-ante' evaluation - Study SMART 2012/0059". The study will deliver a comprehensive analysis to assess the sustainability and future roll-out of the services developed by the portfolio of eGovernment CIP ICT PSP Large Scale Pilots (LSPs). The study will investigate the possible organizational, financial and resource as well as governance aspects for their long-term sustainability. The in-depth feasibility study should include a deployment cost/economic benefit analysis and an impact assessment of possible scenarios and propose one. Furthermore, the study should give concrete recommendations on how to make the proposed scenario happen.
Has the EC foreseen the sustainable follow-up for the SPOCS and PEPPOL building blocs roll-out? Yes The new CIP Programme (e-SENS) aims to develop a comprehensive, coherent and reusable set of public services building blocks by bringing together and completing work performed by five current CIP pilot projects (including PEPPOL). CIP WP 2012 includes call for proposals Pilot Type A, "objective 4.1: Basic Cross Sector Services (BCSS)". Call closed in May 2012, the successful proposal pilot to start December 2012, name e-SENS: Electronic Simple European Networked Services. E-SENS will consolidate the building blocks of the existing LSPs (Large Scale Pilots) focusing on the core building blocks: eID, e-delivery, semantics and e-Signatures and envisaging improved and extended usage. E-SENS is in line with relevant EU policies, including the DAE, the eGov AP and the upcoming CEF (If e-SENS successful then will deliver the core building blocks for the CEF). Furthermore, as part of the multi annual financial framework, the Commission has proposed the launch of the 'Connecting Europe Facility' (CEF) programme. Its goal would be to support investment in the deployment of infrastructure required to enable the delivery of cross border public services (i.e. essential digital service infrastructures in the public interest). The proposed budget for these infrastructures is around 2 billion EUR and e-procurement would be one of the key services under consideration. It is currently estimated that projects funded under the CEF will come on-stream in 2014-2015. Moreover, the Commission will use structural funds under the proposed Common Strategic Framework (CSF) to complement investments made by the CEF and to support the use of eprocurement across public administrations in Europe. In addition to Commission actions to support the sustainability of PEPPOL, the OpenPEPPOL Association, comprised of public and private members of the PEPPOL community, is taking over responsibilities for PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services and promoting implementation across Europe. OpenPEPPOL is under establishment as a non-profit international association under Belgian law and will begin official operations on September 1st, 2012. OpenPEPPOL will strive to set widely accepted technology standards and specifications, ensuring sustainability while promoting and supporting the wider use of the PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services.