European Projects

SPOCS: An easier way for companies to access new markets and take care of business abroad

EBR recently joined SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services), a large-scale pilot project launched in May 2009 that aims to build the 2nd generation of online portals (Point of Single Contact or PSC). SPOCS will provide seamless electronic procedures by building cross-border solutions based on your country’s existing systems.

SPOCS will provide solutions that, among others, will allow:

  • Information to be provided to the service provider that will combine information gathered from different Member States i.e. processes in one Member State related with documents from another.
  • Submission of electronic documents from different Member States that can be easily checked for their validity and their suitability.
  • Automatic retrieval of documents from a source of authentic documents in another Member State.
  • Provision of a secure communication channel from the Point of Single Contact of one Member State to the service provider of another Member State with all the acknowledgment receipts required by law.
  • Availability of e-Services from your own country’s online portal through the destination country’s portal.
    SPOCS is supported by the European Commission (Competitiveness and Innovation Programme) and fifteen EU Member States: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and United Kingdom plus Norway.

Further information:
SPOCS website:

BOWNET: Identifying the Beneficial Owners of legal entities.

EBR particpates to the BOWNET project, a feasibility study aimed to assess what is needed to develop an intelligent system able to search and integrate information on:

  • shareholders
  • beneficial owners
  • the ownership structure
  • directors and members of the board

of EU listed and unlisted companies and corporate entities.

This system will serve as a support tool for Financial Intelligence Units, Asset Recovery Offices, Law enforcement agencies, financial intermediaries and legal professions to:

  • reconstruct the ownership structure of EU companies
  • identify the beneficial owners behind EU corporate entities
  • uncover complex schemes of corporate ownership such as “Chinese boxes”

Further information:
BOWNET website: