What is IMI?
The Internal Market Information System (IMI) is a secure,
multilingual online tool that facilitates the Exchange of information
between public authorities involved in the practical implementation of EU
IMI helps authorities to fulfil their cross-border administrative
cooperation obligations in multiple Single Market policy areas.
Currently, IMI supports 56 administrative cooperation procedures in 14
different policy areas. IMI can be adapted, with little or no development
effort, to support further policy areas.
It has succeeded in modernising cross-border administrative cooperation and
ensuring that the Single Market works on the ground. Although the end-users
of IMI are national public authorities, the beneficiaries of this improved
cooperation are businesses and citizens.
Types of information exchanges offered by IMI
The IMI tool-kit covers the most common administrative cooperation procedures:
- IMI requests are 'one-to-one' exchanges between two competent authorities.
- IMI notifications and alerts are 'one-to-many' exchanges where Member States can share information with other Member States and/or the Commission.
- IMI repositories allow authorities to share information relating to a specific policy area in a centralised database.
- Public interfaces allows external actors to communicate with competent authorities registered in IMI (e.g. submission of SOLVIT cases and EPC applications).
Developed jointly by the Commission and national administrations, IMI has been funded by the IDABC and ISA programmes.
If you would like to more precisely assess how IMI could facilitate administrative cooperation in your specific domain, please contact us for details.