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Action 24: Adopt a European Interoperability Strategy and Framework

Promote interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework

What is the problem? No standard-setting

Europe does not yet reap the maximum benefits from interoperability. Weaknesses in standard-setting, public procurement and coordination between European public authorities prevent digital services and devices working across borders as well as they should.

Why is the EU action required? Get greater interoperability throughout the EU

When establishing National Public Services, there is a risk that different Member States opt for solutions which are incompatible with one another. New electronic barriers, so-called "e-barriers", emerge - impeding the proper functioning of the internal market. Member States and the Commission should do more to pre-empt the emergence of these new e-barriers and the resulting market fragmentation by getting greater interoperability of public IT systems throughout the EU.

What will the Commission do?

To promote interoperability between public administrations, the Commission will adopt an ambitious European Interoperability Strategy and the European Interoperability Framework. See also other actions under this pillar (21, 22, 23, 25 26 and 27).