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January 2014

Dear IMI user,

In this newsletter we would like to update you on progress in the IMI network over the course of 2013, a year in which we passed a number of important milestones.

WHAT WERE THE MAIN EVENTS IN THE COURSE OF 2013? » « TOP

In February, SOLVIT case handling was integrated into IMI. SOLVIT Centres in the EEA countries work together to informally solve problems raised by citizens and businesses concerning the misapplication of EU legislation by public authorities. Learn more about SOLVIT.


In July 2013, when Croatia joined the European Union, it also joined the IMI community. So you can now get in touch with Croatian authorities through the system.


Since September, IMI can be used to send notifications under the Services Directive. These notifications, containing information about changes in legislation regarding the provision of services, are sent to the Commission and all Member States. Specific guidelines have been published in English for the users of this module.


Thanks to the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, patients considering medical treatment in another EU country can ask the relevant public authority to check via IMI a health professional's right to practice. Find out more about cross border healthcare.


A pilot project was launched in November to support administrative cooperation obligations set out in the E-Commerce Directive. Authorities can now use IMI to exchange information concerning measures that have been, or need to be, taken against an information society service provider. If you are a user of this module you may wish to consult our guidelines available in English.

WHAT IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE TO HELP YOU WORK WITH IMI? » « TOP

We updated and restructured the IMI website. Check out the pages with useful information about using IMI!

You can now translate free text entered in IMI into any EU language. Take a look at how to use machine translation.

LATEST FACTS AND FIGURES » « TOP

By October, the total number of information requests sent through IMI had exceeded 16,000. In 2013 alone almost 6000 requests were sent.

One in four IMI requests sent in 2013 were answered within one day. Congratulations to authorities for providing such a good service!

Consult the interactive statistics on our new website!

WHAT’S COMING IN 2014? » « TOP

At the start of 2014, a new area: train driving licences, will be added to IMI. Authorities will be able to exchange information about the licences held by train drivers who work across borders on a regular basis. Later in the year, authorities in the professional qualifications area will be able to notify new types of certificates and diplomas via IMI.

You can watch the video about IMI You can watch the video about IMI in your own language. It presents how IMI works in a fun and concise way.

We wish you a Happy New Year with lots of efficient cooperation through IMI!

The IMI team of the European Commission, imi-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu

IMI website: http://ec.europa.eu/imi-net
Should you have any comment, please don't hesitate to send us an email! imi-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu