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Revision of the EIF and AG



In 2006, the European Commission has started the revision of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and the Architecture Guidelines (AG).

This page presents the revision process and the main milestones.

Last update: March 2010



The revision

The European Commission has started drafting the EIF v2.0 in close cooperation with the concerned Commission services and with the Members States as well as with the Candidate Countries and EEA Countries as observers.

EIF Info Day was organised on the 25th of June 2008 aiming at presenting and informing the participants on the work in progress towards the new version of the European Interoperability Framework.

A draft document from which the final EIF V2.0 will be elaborated was available for external comments till the 22nd September 2008.

The proposal for the new EIF v2.0 that has been subject to consultation, is available:
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IDABC has received 54 comments from various stakeholders. Click here to view the list of names.

Download here the summary of consultations. This document will constitute a valuable input for the completion of the final EIF document.

The EIF v2.0 will take the form of an official Commission position with the publication of a Communication from the Commission to the Council and to the Parliament in 2010.


Promoting the concept of interoperable systems is at the heart of the IDABC strategy.

Several documents have been elaborated and published in this area; these include the publication of the
European Interoperability Framework (EIF 1.0), the Architecture Guidelines (AG 7.1), a working paper on semantic Interoperability, an XML Clearinghouse feasibility study, a study on Infrastructure for cross-border eGovernment services and recommendations for promoting open document exchange format.

The "
European Interoperability Framework" version 1.0 (EIF V1.0) was extremely well received in the world of public administrations in Europe (and elsewhere) and is often referenced as one of the founding documents when interoperability is discussed.

Many Member States of the European Union have launched efforts on interoperability, and have ahead established National Interoperability Frameworks or similar interoperability guidelines in order to provide guidance to project managers and procurement officers.

Technical framework:
Legal framework:
Sweden and
United Kingdom

Context of the revision

Taking into account the progress made in this area, the rapid evolution of the technology and the desire to produce a document that will no longer be limited to the IDABC context alone, the process to prepare a second version of the EIF document was launched. This second version will be prepared in close collaboration with the relevant Commission services and with the Member States. Other, indirect stakeholders have been given the opportunity to provide their input.

The second version of the European Interoperability Framework acknowledges the existence of the National Interoperability Frameworks and related activities that today either already exist in the Member States or are being prepared.

At the start of the European Interoperability Framework revision process, the Commission asked Gartner inc. to make a study, positioning the European Interoperability Framework in relation to the current practices in the Member States and elsewhere, and to provide an independent view on the revision process and on its desired outcome.

The preparatory study

The European Commission initiated the EIF and AG revision preparatory study in August 2006 and has commissioned the Gartner Group represented by Gartner Belgium bvba in order to get their recommendations. Gartner delivered the final report in May 2007.

Although the people from Gartner spoke with many stakeholders, the views expressed in this document are their own.

The content of this document was discussed within the Commission and with the Member States, but has not been endorsed, neither by the Commission nor by the Member States.

This preparatory study is not the second version of the European Interoperability Framework but will be considered as one of the many inputs to the revision efforts such as the various studies carried out at the same moment (the Modinis study on Interoperability at local and regional level, the EU Study on the specific policy needs for ICT Standardisation …).

Download the Gartner Final Report:
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The Commission invited all those who consider interoperability an effective means to achieve better pan-European eGovernment services, to read the preparatory study, and to reflect on its content.

18 comments were received and have been summarised in the document below.

Download the summary of comments received on the Gartner Final Report:
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