Lead Partner

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia

Suur-Ameerika 1, 10122 Tallinn, Estonia

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DIGINNO-Proto project is supporting and continuing the project DIGINNO activities.


DIGINNO project focuses specifically on promoting uptake of ICT in the business sector, developing innovative and interoperable digital public services and facilitating Digital Single Market related policy discussions on the Baltic Sea Region level. There were 4 cross-border show-cases analyzed under DIGINNO project:

  • KYC

  • e-CMR

  • eReceipt

  • Business registration


The work done in DIGINNO does not cover practical testing of proposed solutions of the 4 cross-border show-cases, which we consider as a key element in order to realize cross-border services. DIGINNO-Proto project can demonstrate through prototyping these show-cases what are the real-life shortcomings and necessary changes, in order to really realize the Digital Single Market, where citizens and entrepreneurs can seamlessly move across borders digitally.


DIGINNO-Proto project goal is to develop at least one working prototype of a cross-border e-service based on a show-case developed in DIGINNO project.


For this purpose, DIGINNO-Proto:


  • Conducted a call for proposals and received two applications from e-CMR and KYC.

  • By the end of the evaluation process, the e-CMR prototype was selected for funding.


The prototype objective is to create an e-CMR indexing prototype for paperless international logistics. It aims to allow controlling institutions to check the availability of CMR transport documents of the foreign carriers driving through their territory in a secure and trustful way.


The project partners will develop a common international indexing scheme. Using indexing service and the indexing number, the appointed government institutions and controlling institutions of the involved country will be able to see where the e-CMR is stored and receive agreed available data.

What business case the prototype is addressing?

Between the Baltics and Poland, thousands of shipments are made daily, all those shipments accompanied with information, documentation, licenses, and data relevant to both cargo owners, transport companies as well as public authorities. 


Rules for such documentation are covered by various regulations and among the most important ones, bound to the CMR Convention (the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods, short from Convention relative au Contrat de transport international de Marchandises par Route). The CMR document deriving from that Convention is mandatory and holds key information about the goods, the transporting and receiving parties and is relevant to both the business partners as well as the authorities to check the availability, validity of the documents and the information presented.


Until recently, the CMR notes were only used in a form of paper, making it time-consuming as well as costly to process them. Along with the general trends in the EU, the electronic format to the CMR, e-CMR, has been introduced. 


What problem does the prototype help to solve?


An e-CMR solution nevertheless can only function when an internationally connected digital ecosystem which would allow the data exchange on those documents along the transport corridor.


Currently, there are e-CMR service providers and there are governments capable and interested to read the data that they are entitled to check. The challenge is, that governmental institutions in partner countries yet cannot easily accept the electronic e-CMR, even if the legal ground for it exists. The missing link is the secure and trustful way to exchange e-CMR data between governments and e-CMR service providers.  


What data will be exchanged? 

Minimum viable data over and existing e-CMR shall be introduced to the national and international indexes. The content of the CMR data will not be exchanged within this indexing.


What will be the methods for data exchange?

E-government compatible distributed approach with application programming interface (API) accesses will be deployed, possibly distributed ledger technology (DLT) approach or platforms through API. Every authorized governmental institution will be able to access minimum available indexing information via specialized API and get a link to request original documents relevant data directory from e-CMR service from the county of origin. All updates and use of indexes will be logged and timestamped, all accesses are made with the highest level of EU e-governmental and eIDAS compatible authentication tools.  


Who belongs to the prototype development team? 

The prototype development team includes the governmental organization (ministries, road administrations, tax and customs, police, statistics, etc.), logistics and road carriers’ associations, consulting experts, leading software development and several companies with an international background. 


Who are the main stakeholders and what are the benefits for them? 

The prototype will allow a regional shift from paper CMR to e-CMR – an opportunity for both businesses and authorities to gain efficiency and transparency through digitalization. The prototype will enable the businesses to manage their information exchange resources and supply chain more effectively, optimize the processes and integrate activities into a single network of information systems.


It will also improve the data quality in the freight process, reduce the risk of recurring errors, increase supply chain transparency, security and delivery speed, as well as optimize time and financial costs. 

For the public sector and authorities, it will create conditions for the more effective transport sector and trade monitoring, monitoring of the application of rules, analysis and control procedures, thus reducing the time used on stopping trucks and checking their papers, but also lowers the number of offenses related to tax avoidance and transport safety.  


How the outcomes of the prototype are expected to be used after the funding ends?

In each project partner country, there is a strong commitment from public institutions as well as businesses and associations to remove barriers that hinder the cross-border e-CMR usage, the concrete activities are being already implemented. The same direction legislative and solution development processes are also ongoing on the European Union level (under DG MOVE with high community support from Digital Transport and Logistics Forum, covered with the negotiations over electronic freight transport information (eFTI) legislation), therefore the good example of a regional and well-functioning cross-border e-CMR indexing scheme could be scaled to other EU and neighbor countries. 


Total budget: EUR 134 thousand

100% funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers  

July 2019 - September 2020


Lead Partner:

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications


Associative Partners:   


Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA)






Lithuanian Information and Communication Technology Association (INFOBALT)




Polish Road Transport Institute (PITD)


For further information:

Inna Nosach,

Eva Killar,