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Your Europe

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    Administrations, whether national or European, operate differently. For those unaccustomed to the administrative procedures of different countries, this can prove a real obstacle. Your Europe portal is contributing to breaking down this barrier by pooling all this information into one single entry-point online, targeting explicitly the cross-border dimension. This supports a continuously increasing mobility for citizens and enterprises, ultimately contributing to better integration across Europe.

Last update: February 2006

What is Your Europe?
How does it work?

Achievements

Who benefits?

The role of IDABC

Technical information
Documentation

What is Your Europe?

Your Europe is a multilingual public information service portal for citizens and enterprises intending to carry out cross-border activities within the European Union. Examples of the services provided for citizens include moving to a new country, information on schooling, social security and finding employment. Services for enterprises provide details on accounting regulations, public procurement opportunities, taxation laws, etc. In addition, customised services in support of both citizens and enterprises like the Citizen's signpost offered under the Europa server and the SOLVIT network are also available through the portal.

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How does it work?

The portal is a one-stop shop that offers information on cross-border issues both at EU and at national level in several languages. It is structured into two sections, one for citizens and one for enterprises in order to better assist these users to find the information they need.

Both the European institutions and national governments supply the content.

The Commission defines the strategy of the portal with the active involvement of the member states. This strategy is periodically revised to take into account new developments and the latest trends and findings for eGovernment portals. The last revision was made in January 2005.

The strategy consolidates the user-centred approach of the portal on the basis of well-defined user groups and foresees multiple access points at European, national and local levels. It stresses the synergy of the two-way relationship between central EU and country levels and lays the foundations for the creation of a virtual European Union Administration. Linguistic policy, co-operation with related initiatives at EU and country level and the high-level content structure for the portal are also comprised in the strategy.

An Editorial Board composed by Commission officials and national representatives is responsible for the editorial policy, including language and content selection priorities. The editorial board also plays a co-ordination role for the information provided by national administrations.

The portal infrastructure, including the data model used is described in the technical documentation available on this site.

As part of the continuous development of the portal, guidelines for its next release were produced in 2005. The guidelines cover the presentation architecture, the navigation, the workflow for the updating of the site and terminology issues. A document on the system specifications and design for the next release has also been produced in 2005.

Achievements

Your Europe portal was launched on 17 February 2005 during the IDABC inaugural conference.

In 2005, more than six million people visited the site.

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 Who benefits?

Citizens and businesses: from a single entry-point, they can access relevant information in their own language and interact with national administrations other than their own, overcoming barriers to mobility and integration in Europe.

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The role of IDABC

IDABC provides the funds and leads the implementation of the portal.

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Technical information

Project start date

2001

Project status

Operational

IDABC budget

Analysis and feasibility : EUR 215,000
Development first release : EUR 715,000


Development of second release : EUR 800,000 (2005)

EUR 850,000 (2006)

EUR 850,000 (2007)

Responsible service

DG Enterprise and Industry - IDABC Unit, in collaboration with DG Internal Market and Services

Project coordinator

Gavino Murgia

Contact

idabc@ec.europa.eu

Countries involved

All

Public website

http://ec.europa.eu/youreurope/

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