History

Smart use of technology and exploitation of information will help us to address the challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. European governments are committed to making user-centric, personalised, multi-platform e-Government services a widespread reality by 2015.
– European Commission (2010): A Digital Agenda for Europe

eEnviPer is an integrated web-based platform for the application, administration and consultation of environmental permits. By making the environmental permits process more transparent, accessible and efficient, eEnviPer helps to reduce the environmental impact of economic activities through the environmental permits process in a cost-effective manner.

Activities

In 2012-2014, eEnviPer set-up and tested its existing multi-purpose cloud platform in five pilot communities, supported by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme.

Preparation

In 2012, eEnviPer prepared the ground for the start of the pilot tests in the five pilots. The integration and customisation began with a thorough evaluation of the current situation in each pilot project.

On this basis, the project defined a set of thirteen use cases and/or common procedures that the integrated software platform would need to deliver on. Pilots also modelled the workflows for their own customised installation. At the same time, a detailed Pilot Implementation Plan was drawn up to determine the timelines, tasks and responsibilities for the test phase.

In February 2013, eEnviPer’s technical team presented the customised platforms for each pilot. Subsequently, pilot partners localised and translated the software and started to train internal stakeholders in its use.

Pilot tests

In April 2013, pilot partners began to test the platform using real-life cases with all stakeholders concerned.

Through a number of user engagement events - including training sessions, workshops, media relations and one-on-one meetings – the project partners encouraged public authority staff, environmental engineers, investors and citizens to test the eEnviPer platform and provide feedback on its performance.

In general, users praised the user-friendliness, the integration of paperless workflows and the immediate availability of geographic information in the system.

Business development

Throughout the project, eEnviPer followed a thorough business development process, from market analysis and pricing strategy to localised business plans for each pilot. As of April 2014, the eEnviPer software solution is commercially available in Croatia, Italy, Greece, Serbia and Turkey and the identification of future opportunities is underway.

Milestones

April 2012  eEnviPer project starts
September 2012 eEnviPer publishes technical description of the platform
April 2013 Start of the pilot projects in:
  • Crete (Greece);
  • Indjija (Serbia);
  • Krapina-Zagorje (Croatia);
  • Nigde (Turkey); and
  • Apulia (Italy).
April 2013 Workshop on “Environmental Permits for the 21st Century”
November 2013 Workshop on “e-Government solutions for the Environment”
March 2014 eEnviPer publishes Business Plan