Mediterranean Interoperatibility E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability


Acronym: MIELE

Official reference: 2010-EU-210005-S

Financing entity: European Commission-Transeuropean Transport Network

Main Researcher: Susana Val

Other Researchers: Mario Monsreal

Term: 01/01/2011- 31/12/2013

Link to project website:

Member States involved
Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Cyprus

Implementation schedule
Start date: September 2010
End date: December 2013
Co-ordinator: RINA SPA as an Implementing body of the Italian Ministry of Transport

Total project cost covered by this Decision: €15,958,060
EU contribution: €7,979,030
Percentage of EU support: 50%

Additional information
Coordinator’s Report of the Priority Project:
European Commission, DG MOVE
Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA)

Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies
See list below

Project Description

The main objectives of the action is to design the architecture and to develop a pre-deployment pilot interoperable ICT platform (the “MIELE Middleware”) able to interface ICT systems (i.e. single windows, port community systems) in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus and Germany (the “National Vertical Pilots”).

The MIELE Middleware is a demonstrator of a software tool enabling existing ICT systems to be interoperable. Directive 2010/65 EU on reporting formalities requires that in each Member State a single interface exists and that ICT systems in different Member States are interoperable as far as ship reporting formalities are concerned. The National Vertical Pilots are demonstrators of such national single interfaces whose interoperability among them is allowed through the MIELE Middleware. The MIELE project will take into consideration the requirements of the Directive 2010/65/EU.

The Action, which is a study taking the form of a Pilot action, will include :

  • mapping the needs of relevant stakeholders
  • designing and developing the MIELE middleware
  • adapting, upgrading and integrating existing ICT systems (national single windows, port single windows, port communities, private operators’ ICT systems) in order to be interoperable with the MIELE middleware
  • achieving and demonstrating systems interoperability through the MIELE middleware
  • designing the framework for the exploitation of the MIELE middleware and the possible full deployment of its services after the completion of this pilot action.

The Action is organised in two parts:

  • PART A (activities 1 and 2) – Verification of existing ICT systems and pre-implementation phase of the pilot by developing:
    • a working concept for each of the National Vertical Pilots with a number of functionalities
    • detailed specifications and user needs for the MIELE Middleware
  • PART B (activities 3 and 4) – Deployment of a full-scale, integrated and interoperable demonstrator (MIELE Middleware Demonstrator) resulting from the integration of the 5 National Vertical Pilots with the MIELE Middleware according to the specifications of Action PART A. The demonstrator will also show a set of all the potential services to be offered by the MIELE Middleware, including the development of an agreed Road Map for full service deployment.

The continuation of the fiancial aid from PART A to PART B is conditional to the approval by the TEN-T Agency of the results of Part A, which should demonstrate the feasibility of the deployment of a full-scale, integrated and interoperable demonstrator (MIELE Middleware Demonstrator).


ActivityActivity nameIndicative start date Indicative end date 
1User needs and MIELE architecture01/09/201030/11/2011
1.1Assessment of needs, analysis of existing systems and available standards and rules01/09/201030/11/2011
1.2Architecture design and specifications of MIELE Middleware01/09/201031/01/2012
2Adjustment of National Vertical Pilots – Peer review01/09/201031/01/2012
2.1Working Concept of National Vertical Pilots01/09/201031/01/2012
2.2Architecture design and specifications of National Vertical Pilots01/09/201031/01/2012
2.3Peer review process01/09/201031/01/2012
3Vertical Demonstrators01/02/201230/04/2013
3.1Use cases definition01/02/201230/04/2013
3.2Demonstrators of National Vertical Pilots01/02/201230/04/2013
4MIELE Middleware Demonstrator01/02/201230/11/2013
4.1Working Concept of the MIELE Middleware01/02/201230/11/2013
4.3MIELE Middleware testing01/02/201230/11/2013
5Dissemination, Stakeholders contribution, Exploitation and Impact Assessment01/09/201031/12/2013
5.1Stakeholders Group (STG)01/09/201031/12/2013
5.3Impact Assessment01/09/201031/12/2013
5.4Roadmap to MIELE01/09/201031/12/2013
6Coordination and Management01/09/201031/12/2013
6.1Project Management01/09/201031/12/2013
6.2Technical Coordination01/09/201031/12/2013

Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies:


  • Italian Republic
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • Kingdom of Spain
  • Portuguese Republic
  • Republic of Cyprus / Cyprus Ports Authority
  • Jacobs University Bremen GmbH, Germany
  • Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en Enginyeria (CIMNE), Spain
  • Autoridad Portuaria de Gijón, Spain
  • Instituto Portuário e dos Transportes Marítimos (IPTM), Portugal
  • Compass Ingeniera y Sistemas S.A., Spain
  • Plataforma Logística de Zaragoza (PLAZA), Spain
  • Atlas Maritime Security GmbH, Germany
  • dbh Logistics IT AG, Germany

Implementing bodies:

  • Zaragoza Logistics Center, Spain
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón, Spain
  • AdministraÇão do Porto do Lisboa S.A. (APL), Portugal
  • AdministraÇão dos Portos do Douro e Leixões (APDL), Portugal
  • RINA S.p.A., Italy
  • Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione S.p.A., Italy
  • IB S.R.L., Italy
  • CAP S.p.A., Italy
  • Terminal San Giorgio S.R.L., Italy

Project MIELE is co-financed by the European Union’s TEN-T programme