On July 1st the first wave of SPOCS Pilots will go live. The aim of the SPOCS pilots is to show that the building blocks developed within SPOCS composing its interoperability layer indeed do function in a real life environment.
The SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-Border Services) project is large-scale pilot project with EU Member States that has been launched in 2009. The SPOCS project aims to develop an interoperability layer to foster the services economy in Europe by facilitating Service Providers to apply via the Points of Single Contact (PSC) for businesses that the EU Member States have set up. SPOCS aims to build the next generation of online portals (Point of Single Contact), which every European country now has in place, through the availability of high impact cross- border electronic procedures.
On July 1st the first wave of SPOCS Pilots will go live. The aim of the SPOCS pilots is to show that the building blocks developed within SPOCS composing its interoperability layer indeed do function in a real life environment. One of the pilots will address the needs of a "real estate agent. Consider, for example, an Italian real estate agent who wants to expand his business and offer his services in Bremen, Germany. The information provided by the Bremen Point of Single Contact (PSC) does not currently specify the Italian documents required for the Italian Real Estate Agent to be allowed to offer his services in Bremen. Will he be able to provide this information? Will the transaction be secure? Yes, the SPOCS pilot will allow him/ her to do all the administrative procedures online through the Point of Single Contact.
The SPOCS Pilot is related to the EU Service Directive (2006/123/EC) with regard to the provision of cross-border services in the Internal Market. This Directive required Member States to set up "points of single contact", through which service providers can obtain all relevant information and deal with all administrative formalities without the need to contact several authorities. The "points of single contact" have to be accessible at a distance and by electronic means. The SPOCS project intends to build the next generation of these PSC. In May 2011, the SPOCS project was presented at the SEMIC.EU Yearly Conference.
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