Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 24: Adopt a European Interoperability Strategy and Framework

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Promote interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework
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The action aims at promoting interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework.

The European Interoperability Strategy and Framework was adopted in 2010.

What is the problem? There is no EU-wide standard-setting

Europe does not yet gain the maximum benefits from interoperability. Weaknesses in standard-setting, public procurement and coordination between European public authorities prevent digital services and devices working across borders as well as they should.

Why is the EU action required? Get greater interoperability throughout the EU

When establishing National Public Services, there is a risk that Member States opt for solutions incompatible with one another. New electronic barriers, so-called "e-barriers", emerge - impeding the proper functioning of the internal market. Member States and the Commission should do more to pre-empt the emergence of these new e-barriers and the resulting market fragmentation by getting greater interoperability of public IT systems throughout the EU.

What has the Commission done?

In December 2010, the Commission adopted a Communication "Towards interoperability for European public services" to promote interoperability between public administrations. The Communication included two annexes: the European Interoperability Strategy and the European Interoperability Framework. See also other actions under this pillar (21, 22, 23, 25 26 and 27).

What will the Commission do next?

Follow-up of this action is as follows:

  • European Interoperability reference Architecture and European Cartography of Interoperability solutions: The action will develop a common reference architecture of cross-border interoperability and identify existing operational interoperability solutions (services, ICT systems, software components, semantic, organisational and legal interoperability assets). Once completed the description provides a cartography mapping existing operational European interoperability solutions. This cartography will raise awareness of Public Administrations on what exists to be re-used and under which conditions
  • European federated Interoperability Repository (EFIR):  The EFIR will be the dissemination tool for the European Cartography of Interoperability solutions. It will document and make available information about Interoperability solutions and their characteristics.  The repository itself will become a valuable information source, which can be used by the Member States and European Commission services to boost interoperability. It will also serve as a tool to identify challenges and alignment opportunities for interoperability assets and interoperabilty solutions management at a European level. More information cna be found on the joinup platform managed by the ISA programme.
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