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Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Senatorin für Finanzen

Bremen is the smallest of the 16 state countries in Germany. Bremen consists of two municipalities: the city of Bremerhaven and the City of Bremen. The state country Bremen has about 670.000 inhabitants. The Senate, the federal state government, comprises seven senators. The president of the Senate, comparable with the minister presidents of Germany's other federal states, is also a mayor of the city of Bremen together with another senator. Although each Senate department is defined as an autonomous organisational unit the department of the Senator of Finance is responsible for providing basic cross-departmental functions in various areas, such as: IT-Infrastructure, eGovernment and eProcurement. In addition, the Senator of Finance is among others responsible for the srtategic development of all technological and organisational aspects related to the procurement area of the federal state, which includes all processes related to electronic tendering, ordering, invoicing etc. The commitment of Bremen was to provide the digital signature certificate validation infrastructure to be used by other PEPPOL pilots. Bremen supports the PEPPOL WP1 validation infrastructure: XKMS responder and the PPRS (PEPPOL Public Registry Service).

The strategy of the City of Bremen (Bremen) is to handle tenders electronically as much as feasible. This provides advantages for Bremen as a Contracting Authority through reduction of process costs and also for the economic operators through easier and faster handling. The reasons for Bremen joining PEPPOL was the interest in eGovernment and the use of harmonised digital signature solutions in Europe. The commitment of Bremen was to provide the digital signature certificate validation infrastructure to be used by other PEPPOL pilots. Bremen has been a leader in national and European E-Government solutions. It was one of the first administrations to offer applications using electronic signatures on a wide scale in Germany. Products from Bremen in the field of secure transactions are in use in the federal government of Germany and all of the German States. In relation to long term sustainability, Bremen has decided to continue operating the German XKMS responder, after the end of the PEPPOL project.

 

University of Koblenz

The University of Koblenz participates in the PEPPOL project as single entity. The specific competencies in the areas of eGovernment, eProcurement and eParticipation, together with the knowledge of applied computer science and interoperability issues, are the underlying success factors for UKL in PEPPOL.

The research group eGovernment of the University of Koblenz investigates various aspects of ICT usage in the public sector (eGovernment and eParticipation) including human aspects, technology, organization and process perspectives likewise and in their interrelations and interdependencies. This comprises the conceptualization and development of ICT for the public sector, concrete solutions, aspects of interoperability, standardization, semantic web, information and process management in networked governments and eParticipation contexts. A strong focus on the application of the aforementioned ICT aspects is kept through practical projects and accompanying research to eGovernment and eParticipation implementation projects.

UKLs’ major role in PEPPOL is the management and leading conceptualization as well as implementation of some components in Work Package 2, Virtual Company Dossier. UKL participates in the CEN Workshop on 'Business Interoperability Interfaces on public procurement in Europe' Phase 2 (WS/BII 2) and cooperates with its workshop participants such as Codice (Interoperable Components and Documents for eProcurement in Spain) or TenderNed (the Dutch system for e-procurement) in order to align different concepts via the CEN BII.
UKL maintains contacts to interested parties (e.g. pre-qualification agencies) and has regular exchanges on the status of VCD development with Eurochambers, eCertis and the large-scale pilot projects SPOCS and eCodex on electronic documents concepts, for which the VCD is relevant.

At the national level, UKL keeps a close relationship to the Federal Procurement Agency in Germany (Beschaffungsamt). The Federal Procurement Agency is coordinating the xVergabe project, which intends to set a new XML-based tendering standard for Germany. xVergabe is an important initiative within the German Procurement domain thus UKL keeps track of this project even if the scope and objectives of the Virtual Company Dossier and xVergabe are different. Currently UKL is in contact with German pre-qualification agencies to investigate the possibilities of building a VCD pilot.

 

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