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EIS - European Interoperability Strategy

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Today, a strong drive is needed for gaining commitment to transform and modernise public services in Europe. This transformation should be achieved by avoiding creating barriers to the Internal Market. For this challenging transformation to be successful, cross-border and cross-sectoral Interoperability of electronic public services needs to be addressed at the European level.
 
In June 2008, during the second meeting of the Member State Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and the European Commission representatives, it was agreed that, under the framework of the IDABC programme, a European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) will be developed in order to address the drive needed for improving interoperability of public services in Europe. 
 
In June 2009, during the third meeting of the Member State Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and the European Commission representatives, 3 priority clusters and 2 accompanying measures with their related objectives were agreed on as a basis to go ahead to further define the EIS.

In November 2009, during the fourth meeting of the Member States Chief Information Officers (CIOs), the proposal made by the Commission was agreed and the conclusions reached constitute the overall strategic approach on which the ISA Programme - and possibly other EU initiatives - will base its work programme for the coming years.

May 2010



What is the European Interoperability Strategy?
Objectives
What are the expectations?
Process of the EIS elaboration
Technical Information

What is the European Interoperability Strategy?

The European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) can be defined as an action plan to address cross-boundary interoperability aiming at facilitating the implementation of EU policies and initiatives. The EIS stands on the top of the interoperability activities and is directly steered by the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of the Member States.

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Objectives

The goal of the European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) is to define, in agreement and cooperation with Member States, a focused set of concrete actions both at national and EU level which will improve interoperability of public services in Europe.

In order to establish a systematic approach to the governance of Interoperability at EU-level, the EIS will define the organisational, financial and operational framework for supporting cross-border and cross-sectoral interoperability as well as the exchange of information between European public administrations, taking into account the existing/proposed Community programmes.

In addition, in terms of interoperability, the EIS will contribute to the future eGovernment vision beyond 2010.

The EIS, once adopted, will become a key input into the EU’s new programme – ‘ISA’, the Interoperability Solutions for European public Administrations – which is proposed by the Commission.

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What are the expectations?

The expected impact of the EIS is to mobilise high level decision makers for achieving agreements on Interoperability of electronic public services in Europe. This impact will be twofold: at national level, via the work of the Member State CIOs, and at EU level via the work of the Directorate-General for Informatics and the IDABC programme, together with the other concerned Directorates General.

The CIOs are expected to contribute to the elaboration of the European Interoperability Strategy, steer the elaboration process and promote the outcome in their countries, encouraging the relevant services to take into account interoperability governance at European level. They are also expected to implement concrete actions at national level according to the agreed EIS.

The Informatics Directorate-General of the European Commission is expected to promote the European Interoperability Strategy internally so that the services provided by the European Commission are fully in line with the agreed interoperability strategy.

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Process of the EIS elaboration

The process of the EIS elaboration was done in several steps. The first phase of the EIS elaboration process  comprises the following steps:

  • Establishment of cooperation with representatives of Member States and EC services;
  • Agreement on a common vision, a problem statement, preferred approach(es), a set of priorities and their related objectives;
  • Definition of a methodology for selecting the best scenarios to reach the objectives;
  • Along these steps, dissemination activities are to be performed to establish overall awareness of the project and its outcomes.


The final report of the first phase of the EIS elaboration process is available:
 Final Report
EnglishPDF[1923 Kb]
 Annex 1
EnglishPDF[593 Kb]
 Annex 2
EnglishPDF[63 Kb]
 Annex 3
EnglishPDF[126 Kb]
 Annex 4
EnglishPDF[148 Kb]
 Annex 5
EnglishPDF[114 Kb]
 Annex 6
EnglishPDF[315 Kb]
 Annex 7
EnglishPDF[123 Kb]

   
The second phase of the EIS elaboration process comprises the following steps:

  • Agree on possible scenarios for achieving priorities;
  • Organise a consultation with external stakeholders based on the existing draft;
  • Agree on governance model with an appropriate “dashboard” for monitoring the implementation of the EIS and the related actions;
  • Endorse the EIS;
  • Implement the EIS.

A first outline of the EIS was presented at the eGovernment ministerial conference in Malmö in November 2009 based on the preliminary report of the second phase of the EIS elaboration process which is available:

Preliminary report

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An EIS Info day was organised on the 1st of December in Brussels aiming at presenting and informing the participants on the EIS outline as well as the methodologies and the approach used during the elaboration process of the EIS.

A public consultation was organised aiming at collecting substantial feedback on how to implement the EIS.

The final report of the second phase of the EIS elaboration process is available:

EIS - IDABC - Final Report - Second Phase - v3 0.pdf

It is planned that the European Interoperability Strategy will be an annex to a Communication on interoperability and European Public Services from the Commission to the Council and to the European Parliament.

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Technical information

 

Project start date  2008
Project completion date  2010
IDABC budget  2008-2009 630,000€
Responsible service  DG Informatics - IDABC Unit
Project coordinator  Serge Novaretti
Contact  idabc@ec.europa.eu
Countries involved 

All EU Member States

 

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