Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 27: Member States to implement Malmö and Granada declarations

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This action aims at Member States implementing commitments on interoperability and standards in the Malmö and Granada Declarations by 2013.

This action has a large scope so is to be considered as a continuous action. The Commission is monitoring the current status of implementation in Member states and EU administrations through the National Interoperability Framework Observatory in what concerns: implementation of the EIF and eGovernment services, availability of PSI,  cross-border eGovernment services for the free movement of businesses and citizens, use of EU wide IOP specifications. Follow-up of the implementation of the Malmo declaration actions will be included in the National Interoperability Framework Observatory actions.

The Malmö Declaration commits EU public administrations to promote open standard to ease the path for the new products. It also commits to align national interoperability frameworks with applicable European frameworks.

The Granada Declaration complements the Malmö Declaration on eGovernment by encouraging the development of more efficient interoperable public services that promotes the re-use of public sector information, increase the efficiency of government and lead to a measurable reduction in administrative burdens on citizens and businesses as well as contribute to a low-carbon economy.

What is the problem? Absence of common standards

Europe does not yet reap 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? Guidance for standardisation

This action is the "umbrella" action for the Interoperability and Standards Pillar of the Digital Agenda.

What has the Commission done so far?

The European Commission published draft guidelines in June 2013 on the selection of standards and specifications and the socio-economic impact of using them.

Details of the implementation of the Malmö and Granada declarations are available on the DAE implementation web site.

What will the Commission do next?

The Commission is monitoring the current status of implementation in Member states and EU administrations through the National Interoperability Framework Observatory in what concerns: implementation of the EIF and eGovernment services, availability of PSI,  cross-border eGovernment services for the free movement of businesses and citizens, use of EU wide interoperability specifications.

Follow-up of the implementation of the Malmo declaration actions will be included in the National Interoperability Framework Observatory actions.