The implementation of most new EU legislation is supported by IT systems. This can be e.g. for the exchange of information between competent authorities across borders or for the direct delivery of online public services to businesses and citizens.
A key for successful implementation of legislation is user-friendliness of all ICT components involved as well as accessibility and interoperability of all related IT systems. Therefore, ICT implications of legislation need to be taken into account as early as possible in the drafting process. Early involvement of IT specialists can also ensure that already existing systems and components are identified and re-used as much as possible to cut down costs and time of development.
To assure that ICT implications are properly taken into account in the future, the Commission has developed a coordinated, consistent approach regarding the assessment of the ICT implications, which can be used both at EU level and in the Member States.
The assessment is recommended to be done at the (early) writing stage of legislation in the form of a moderated workshop, involving all responsible policy makers, lawyers and ICT specialists. The process is expected to require some 2-3 meetings of all involved parties, depending on the complexity of ICT implications and on the level of dependence on ICT solutions.
The project will deliver a methodology/methodologies for the assessment at EU level and at Member State level, usable for the assessment of ICT implications of EU legislation.
The measure is expected to have the following main phases:
A data collection phase, during which information on models, checklists and methods used in national and EU administrations as well as in industry are to be collected together with further relevant literature;
An analysis phase, during which the data collected are to be compared and commonalities and gaps identified;
A synthesis phase, during which the final methodology/ methodologies are to be developed.
Potential Beneficiaries Benefits for the sector
The sectors will benefit from the measure that will allow them to better estimate the ICT consequences of proposed EU legislation in due time, facilitating a common understanding of related ICT issues prior to the finalisation and implementation of the proposals.