|Proje Adı||2016 CEF Telecom Call – eInvoicing (CEF-TC-2016-3)|
|Son Başvuru Tarihi||15/12/2016|
|Son Başvuru Saati||17:00|
|Başvurunun Yapılacağı Ülke||Belçika|
|Hangi Ülkeler Başvurabilir?||
|Başvurunun Yapılacağı İl||Brüksel|
Background and rationale
For the CEF eInvoice DSI Building Block, the Work Programme 2014 provided the funding of the Core Service Platform until the end of 2017. The WP2015 provides funding for Generic Services to promote the uptake of eInvoicing solutions in public administrations.
The Work Programme 2016 will provide Generic Services not only to promote the uptake by public administrations and entities of eInvoicing solutions but also to support solutions which will facilitate implementation of the latest draft of the European standard on electronic invoicing and a set of ancillary standardisation deliverables (hereby referred to as “EN”). The drafting of the European standard by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) is requested by the Commission in support of the eInvoicing Directive 2014/55/EU.
Actions to be started in 2016
Three activities will be supported in WP2016. One will be the uptake of eInvoicing solutions, the second will support service providers in implementing the EN and the third complements the previous two with the integration of eDelivery services.
- Uptake of eInvoicing solutions: To promote the uptake and speed up the use of the eInvoicing DSI amongst both public and private entities established in the EU and EEA countries participating in the CEF Telecom programme, Generic Services will be supported through grants under the 2016 budget with the purpose of putting solutions for the exchange of eInvoices in place. The appropriate technical solutions and organisational set-up will have to be put in place to make sure that, in particular, regional and local authorities can exchange eInvoices with economic operators at an affordable cost for them. To foster interoperability between Member States, preference will be given to solutions that are already on the market and which allow cross-border exchanges of eInvoices. Solutions should be based on existing technical specifications developed within the framework of European standardisation organisations such as CEN (CWA 16356-CEN MUG and CWA 16562-CEN BII) mentioned in the eInvoice Directive 2014/55/EU and take into account the results of Large-Scale Pilot Projects like PEPPOL implemented within the framework of the Policy Support Programme of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Moreover, other solutions which are based on European or international standards in the domain of eInvoicing can also be considered, provided that they envisage compliance with the EN on electronic invoicing.
- Support to implementation of the EN: To pave the way to the EN in existing solutions. The EN draft will be ready in 2016 alongside a list of syntaxes that supports the EN. It is important that existing solutions implement this EN to support the standardization process in CEN through feed-back from the market and to finally contribute to achieving the objective of the eInvoicing Directive.
- Integration of eDelivery services: All the Generic Services projects under this section are expected, for the purpose of document delivery, to either directly deploy the eDelivery Building Block (See section 3.4), or use eDelivery through a service provider. If eDelivery is not deployed, the beneficiaries must prove the use of eDelivery services though a service provider for cross-border communication as the minimal accepted scope. The specific objectives of this activity are:
a. to deploy access points and/or to operate access points for one year;
b. to deploy Service Metadata Publishers and/or to operate Service Metadata Publishers for one year;
c. to upgrade data exchange solutions (Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS), Open-Source Software (OSS) and other) to support, and therefore fully comply with, the CEF eDelivery standards.
The Core Service Platform of the eDelivery DSI, set up under WP2014, will make available a testing platform to ensure that the deployment of eDelivery in this sector complies with the technical specifications defined by the eDelivery DSI. The deployment of eDelivery will also contribute to the compliance with the requirements set out in the eIDAS Regulation (Regulation (EU) 910/2014).
The indicative duration of an action proposed under this call is 12 months.
COMMUNICATION ON THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Further information or clarifications on this call for proposals will be published on the call webpage at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/2016-cef-telecom-call-safer-internetcef-tc-2016-4.
Applicants are invited to consult this page and the INEA website/Twitter feed (@inea_eu) regularly until the deadline for submission of proposals.
Any other specific questions related to this call may be addressed to the call helpdesk: INEACEF-Telecom-Calls@ec.europa.eu.
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 eInvoicing generic services is €7 million.
In accordance with the 2016 work programme and pursuant to Article 9 of the CEF Regulation, only those proposals submitted by one of the following types of applicants are eligible:
- One or more Member States;
- With the agreement of the Member States or EEA countries concerned, international organisations, Joint Undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.
In accordance with section 4.3.1 of the work programme, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA) may participate in the call for proposals, even when not explicitly mentioned, with the same rights, obligations and requirements as EU Member States. At the moment of the publication of this call, these conditions apply to Norway and Iceland only.
Where necessary to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest and where duly motivated, third countries and entities established in third countries may participate in actions contributing to the projects of common interest. They may not receive funding under the CEF Regulation, except where it is indispensable to achieve the objectives of a given project of common interest.
Acceding states and candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy may also participate in the sector of the CEF covering telecommunications infrastructure in accordance with agreements signed with the EU. As at the time of the publication of this call no such agreements have been signed, the same conditions as for third countries apply to acceding states and candidate countries.
Third countries and entities established in third countries may only participate as part of a consortium with applicants from EU/EEA countries. The application must contain the agreement of the Member State concerned by the proposed Action and a declaration from the European partner involved in the proposal on why the participation of the third country applicant is indispensable. Applicants that are entities established in a third country must also provide proof of the support of the third country authorities concerned.
Proposals may be submitted by entities which do not have legal personality under the applicable national law, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and offer guarantee for the protection of the EU’s financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
Proposals submitted by natural persons are not eligible.
Indicative Call Timeline
- Call opening: 20 September 2016
- Deadline for submission: 15 December 2016
- Evaluation of proposals: January – March 2017 (indicative)
- Consultation of the CEF Committee: April 2017 (indicative)
- Adoption of the Selection Decisions: April 2017 (indicative)
- Preparation and signature of grant agreements As of May 2017 (indicative)