What is the problem? Interoperability as a foundation for better eGovernment services
Interoperability fosters the delivery of cross-border public services and is an important pre-condition for the open, flexible delivery of eGovernment services to citizens and business.
When establishing national eGovernment services, there is a risk that Member States opt for incompatible solutions and that new electronic barriers emerge.
Why the EU action is required? To align Member States with European frameworks
Member States have declared in the Malmö and Granada Declarations that they will work to align their national interoperability frameworks with applicable European frameworks and develop more effective and efficient interoperable public services.
What has the Commission done?
By the end of 2010:
Adopted the Communication on the European Interoperability Framework and European Interoperability Strategy
Launched a study under the ISA (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) programme, exploring the need for a European interoperability architecture, facilitating the establishment of cross-border and cross-sector European Public Services
Set up the National Interoperability Frameworks Observatory (NIFO), to carry out a comparative analysis of National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs), propose recommendations addressing potential incompatibility of NIFs and raise awareness about the NIFs
By the end of 2011:
The Commission will support the Member States in reaching commonly agreed targets by facilitating the exchange of experiences, including on sharing or re-using applications
Launched an innovation pilot in order to support the deployment of IPv6 by public authorities through integration of IPv6 into eGovernment services
In April 2013 the Commission launched eSens, a new Large Scale Pilot on Basic Cross Sector Services. This Pilot will focus on all the building blocks developed by other Large Scale Pilots. It will consolidate building blocks for cross-border interoperability of public services that must be reusable by public authorities, business and citizens.
Extend the ongoing Large Scale Pilot on eJustice (eCodex), to bring on board additional Member States.