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1 From SFC2007 to SFC2014 Luis Velasco DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

2 1.Introduction 2.What remains from SFC What changes in SFC Next Steps Agenda 2

3 SFC2007 SFC2007 is the official channel for data transmission, giving legal value to electronically signed and submitted data and documents – to and from both Member States and the Commission 6 years of operation, 10 funds, >6000 users in the EU institutions, 27 Member States and 3 accession countries 3

4 4 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) European Social Fund (ESF) European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) European Fisheries Fund (EMFF) SFC European Cohesion Fund (CF) Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) DG Home Funds (Asylum and Migration) SFC2007 is the one stop shop for Shared Management for the period and SFC2014 will be its successor for the new period

5 SFC2014 Is the replacement of SFC2007 for the new programming period New regulation Modified processes Efficiency and user-friendliness Information quality Technological advances 5

6 Legal Basis for SFC2014 COM(2012) 496 final /0276 (COD): Proposal for a "REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL" laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006. (RPC) COM(2011) 752 final /0367 (COD). Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down general provisions on the Asylum and Migration Fund and on the instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management. (AMF) COM(2011) 750 final /0365 (COD). Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing, as part of the Internal Security Fund, the instrument for financial support for external borders and visa. (ISF) COM(2011) 627 final/ /0282 (COD). Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). (RD) COM(2011) 804 final – 2011/0380 (COD). Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. (EMFF) /* COM/2011/0614 final /0275 (COD) */ Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on specific provisions concerning the European Regional Development Fund and the Investment for growth and jobs goal and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 6

7 7 Regulations and implementing acts still in discussion So… IT Requirements are yet subject to some changes

8 What SFC2014 aims to bring to MS Focus on content: the new system will reduce the discussions on procedures and will focus more on content. Improved reporting Content accessibility: the new system will improve the data management by increasing the amount of structured data compared to unstructured office automation documents (i.e. Word, PDF, etc.). Benefits are foreseen in the content delivery, in the data management, in the monitoring and reporting activities, in the access to specific information. User specific views: the new systems will allow checks, searches, validations and aggregation of information provided by applicants depending on the needs of the user. A dashboard will at any time reflect the status of the processes and the tasks requested from the user. Simplified data manipulation: the system will reduce the overall workload of business representatives in the EC and in the MS. 8

9 What SFC2014 aims to bring to the European Commission Single implementation of the rules on Programme management for all participating actors More automation: automatic controls of information automatic calculations automatic decisions based on content (No need of a Commission Decision for non essential fields in the OP – those not part of Commission Decision) Less administrative burden: no more physical document shipping resulting in reduced shipping times on-line status tracking resulting in more transparency faster pay-out thanks to electronic payment claims Streamlined workflows for administrations with less paperwork Generation of annual reports, official documents, decisions in one-click Improved reporting from day 1 Improved interoperability with other systems in the Commission (ABAC, e-GREFFE, WFS, EFFONT, RDIS II, Ares …) 9

10 Agenda 1.Introduction 2.What remains from SFC What changes in SFC Next Steps

11 11 Partnership Agreement Progress Report on implementation of PAProgress Report on implementation of PA Strategic Report on implementationStrategic Report on implementation Interim Payment Application Annual Accounts and Clearance Interim Payment Acceptance Final Payment Application Final Payment Acceptance Proposal Preparation Proposal Decision ManagementProposal Decision Management Proposal Modification Annual/Final Implementation Reporting Report Acceptance Management MS Audit Reporting Mission Follow-up Financial Corrections MS Audit Report Ex-Ante Evaluation MS Ex-Post Evaluation EC Strategic Planning 1 Programming 2 Monitoring 3 Execution 4 Audit 6 Closure 7 Evaluation 5 Reporting Financial Management Support Processes 9 8 The Business Model is basically the same with some modifications

12 Member States Local/ Regional/ National Portals Central System MS European Commission Web Interface User Web Services Front Office SFC2014 EC Workflow system EC Document Registry EC Financial System Web Services SFC2014 allows a streamlined communication of information between National authorities and EC systems via (i) Web service interface (ii) Web services Architecture remains similar 12

13 Architecture is very similar (Cont.) 13

14 User Roles do not change 14

15 15 Use of WebServices in SFC2007 Only 9 of the 27 Member States have implemented some of our web services (CY,CZ,DE,ES,GR,IT,NL,PT,SK) Only Payment Request service is implemented by all 9

16 16 Use of WebServices in SFC2007 (Statistics)

17 17 Use of WebServices (Objectives SFC2014) Increase of web service clients. More Member States should try to implement our services and link their local systems with SFC2014 Increase in the number of services implemented. Member States should at least try to implement services of recurrent procedures like Payment Forecasts, Payment Requests, Annual Recovery Statements, Annual Implementation Reports …

18 And many other things will remain with slight improvements Notifications Self-Registration to events Improved USM for National Liaisons Officers Automatic Document Registration Reporting Wrapper Scheduler … The same development team 18

19 Lessons learned from SFC2007 Advantages Single shared repository Transparency Better overview Faster processing Webservices improved greatly efficiency Weaknesses and shortcomings Still some duplication of data in different systems in the EC and MMSS Limited reporting and analysis possibilities Minor modifications are cumbersome Searching could be improved Need of improved guidance 19

20 Agenda 1.Introduction 2.What remains from SFC What changes in SFC Next Steps

21 SFC2014 Build on SFC2007 experiences and overcome the weaknesses of SFC2007 Streamline the workflow Enhance the data quality Seek long term efficiency gains Improve performance Improve Time to market Improve user experience (in particular search and access to information) Improve usefulness of the system (Reporting) 21

22 22 All information to be included in a Decision should be provided in structured form

23 Principles for the form based approach Everything is structured Data fields and tables Lists Check boxes + yes/no Text fields Documents are optional and for information Complete reference documents are produced by the system based on the data Changes compared to previous versions are identified automatically 23

24 Principles for the form based approach Additional validation of data entered will be included in the application and this will allow to improve data quality. A balance between flexibility and data quality rules should be struck Free Rich text fields exist and will allow copy paste but with some limitations: Limitation on size. Let´s use copy paste but only to provide relevant information Text will be reformated to ensure "uniformity" of the presentation. It will remain bullets, bold, underline and italics Images and Tables will not be allowed inside free text fields but could be uploaded separately in attached documents 24

25 25 Better Performance

26 SFC2007 has provided reasonable performance but in specific dates (June and December periods) the results have not been optimal We have improved that during the last years but it is not enough For SFC2014 we are going to opt for a clustered architecture that can be scalable and where more capacity can be added on demand In the same context, we are going to use virtualized environments with dedicated resources both for processing and database 26

27 Other measures for performance Implementation of lazy loading (only download what you need and not full objects, query results …) Simplification of security model to reduce the number of objects to be loaded in memory at a given time Use Java 6 Use latest version of Weblogic, DB… 27

28 28 Better time to market

29 The new development architecture will allow the generation of the WS interface almost at the same time than the web interface Better development tools Standard frameworks (Vaadin, EJB, JPA) Better use of Rational suite in data modelling More automated testing (specially regression) 29

30 30 Modern Clean User Interface

31 Use of Last generation UI framework Proven and well supported Good community of developers Fast development of advanced interfaces Very good user experience. Ajax and Partial Page Rendering guarantee an improved user experience Good performance Include the new visual identity of the European Commission 31

32 32 Reporting Functionallity from day 1

33 33 User from MMSS Security Module Report Engine Wrapper Business Objects SFC2007 Data Depending on the profile access is restricted to some specific reports SFC2007 The user can dynamically select some parameters for the execution of the report The report is executed in background and the response is sent back to the user

34 34 How this happens After logging in Utilities, Reports the user can see the reports available to his/her profile

35 35 How this happens The user selects a report

36 36 How this happens The user selects the parameters for execution …and which output he/she prefers

37 Requirements for the system are still in progress. In particular templates for the new programming data models are still under discussion. The first functionalities for SFC2014 have just started being developed Workload to develop the systems both at EC and in MMSS should not be underestimated. System will become operational in time for the first Partnership Agreement and OP submissions (est. summer 2013) 37 Status of Developments

38 Support And Contact Support for SFC2007 and SFC2014 web applications Support for SFC2007 and SFC2014 Web services Conference web site cfm cfm

39 SFC2014 Front-Office Demo Eric Kilian DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

40 1.More detailed view on changes 2.Screen examples of new features 3.Demo Agenda 40

41 Roles were related to a DG which caused problems for The MS who deal with Funds and not with Commission DG's Security authorization mechanism when a DG manages more than 1 Fund (ex. REGIO: ERDF, CF and IPA) Improvement: Roles will be used in relation to Funds allowing fine grained authorization. Login Use of nominative Ecasnames Migration to be started already in SFC2007 Same Ecasname for SFC2007 and SFC2014 But separate Access Requests to be issued by MS Liaisons for SFC2007 and SFC2014 Improvement: Single Sign-on+ More personalized Access Certificates for Web Services: No changes New User and Security Module to request access in line with New UI of SFC2014 Front-Office New Roles' structure 41 Changes in Security and User Management

42 Users can have different Profiles. Each Profile has his own set of Roles and is defined against a Node. The Node hierarchies currently in place will be copied over to SFC2014. If changes are needed, please let us know. It will be possible to delegate his Roles to another User defined on the same Node for maximum 2 weeks. If the grantee needs these roles for a longer period, they have to be requested via the MS Liaison. 42 Changes in Security and User Management

43 The MS Liaison officers will continue to play a key role in keeping the users that have access to the system updated Each MS is responsible to ensure that an appropriate security policy is applied in order to strictly restrict the access on a "need to know" basis When your systems interact with SFC, they should have similar security assurances as the ones applied in SFC 43 But remember Security is not alone a responsibility of the SFC application. The main responsibility is in your side

44 The Workflow Node Hierarchy determines how information is transmitted via the system Node Skip can be defined per Node, Object Type and CCI 44 Bidirectional or Unidirectional Node Skip Commission National level Regional level 1Regional level 2 Commission National level Regional level 1Regional level 2 Bidirectional Skip of National Level Unidirectional Skip of National Level

45 New format: YEAR CC DG FF TP SEQ Year = Start Year of the Programme/Object CC = Country or Geographical Region DG = Numerical code of the DG chef de file FF= Character code for the Fund(s) covered by the Programme/Object TP = Type of Object SEQ= Sequence One extra character for FF to cover the increasing number of Funds and Fund combinations in the Programmes. 45 CCI Common Code Identifier CCI code length from 14 to 15 characters

46 In SFC2007 Every action on an object generates an event Officials in charge of the object are automatically notified by Every user can request to receive notifications of groups of events for certain Countries and Funds via an Excel form. In SFC2014 Same event and notification mechanism Self-registration within the SFC2014 application, not only by group of events, but if needed per specific event type. 46 Event notification self-registration

47 Authentication still via a Certificate Web Service operations for the Member States will be mostly the same (read, validate, save …) Object Types and their structures will be different SFC2007 WS development uses JAX-RPC ( Java API for XML-based Remote Procedure Call ) SFC2014 WS development uses JAX-WS ( Java API for XML Web Services ) Java stubs not constrained to Oracle Weblogic anymore, but usable with any JE6 certified Application Server Better interoperability Faster development 47 Web Services

48 1.More detailed view on changes 2.Screen examples of new features 3.Demo Agenda 48

49 Screen examples for a programme Disclaimer: The following screens do not resemble the final product Build based on draft regulations available last November User Interface features still need to be streamlined They are used only for demonstrating the principles of the structured data approach and of some new features in the web application 49

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51 51 Navigation via standard menu or via direct CCI search

52 52 Possibility to open multiple tabs with different OPs or OP versions

53 53 Edit without the need to navigate away from the display page

54 54 Rich text editing for big text fields

55 55 Inline edit for numeric tables

56 56 Compare against previous versions integrated in each screen

57 57 Compare also exists for rich text

58 58 Possibility to dialogue/observe/communicate between users within an object

59 59 Dashboard: quick overview of tasks, upcoming events, delays, news, risks, ….

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