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IMI – the Internal Market Information System

When is this action of interest to you?

You work in a national, regional or local authority, and you need information from an authority in another Member State. IMI helps you to identify that authority and communicate with it, even if you do not have a common language.

You can exchange information which is required in order to facilitate the free movement and establishment of citizens and businesses.

What is this action about?

IMI is a flexible administrative cooperation platform, developed to support European public administrations that need to exchange information, particularly in the context of the free and unimpeded movement of and the establishment and employment of citizens throughout the Single Market.

IMI has been developed by the European Commission in partnership with the EU Member States. It is a multilingual IT tool which permits the efficient and secure exchange of information between public authorities at national, regional and local levels in the 30 European Economic Area (EEA) Member States who currently use the application.

The platform makes it easier and faster for them to cooperate and helps reduce the costs previously caused by delays in obtaining the requested information. It thus helps to provide a better service to citizens and businesses.

Currently IMI is used in the policy areas of Professional Qualifications, the Services Directive, and on a pilot basis, the posting of workers.

The current user community comprises more than 6 400 authorities at national, regional and local levels of government.

What are the objectives?

  • allowing Member States to handle information requests more efficiently and according to different needs;
  • positioning the IMI application as a generic tool-kit for administrative cooperation across a wide spectrum of community policies;
  • improving the practical operation of the IMI application for its users, enabling them to perform the widest possible range of daily, weekly or monthly tasks in relation to the administrative cooperation provisions in EU law.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • promote faster and more effective cross-border communication;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission
  • Member States' public administrations
  • Citizens and enterprises
Benefit
  • enable administrative cooperation requirements embodied in certain EU legislation to be met;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations
Benefit
  • reduce costs in cross-border cooperation;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission
  • Member States' public administrations
Benefit
  • help European citizens and enterprises to fully benefit from their rights in the Single Market.
Beneficiaries
  • Citizens and enterprises

What is our approach?

The action is guided by a steering committee, which will be expanded to include representatives for other policy areas as and when they are brought into IMI.

This committee establishes the long-term strategy for the IMI system and sets priorities for further developments and improvements to the system, whilst supervising the timely delivery and quality of new development.

User Insights

We have sent data requests to the German and Hungarian authorities. We needed the following information about enterprises: legal form of the enterprise, and data about the owner and the external representative. IMI helped us to get to the essential information not only in an easier way, but also quicker and with the quality that you can rely on. Our positive experience with IMI shows us that we will use it in the future.

Dr Eveline Kuzmich, The Vienna Health Insurance Fund (wage and social dumping control center)

Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q1/2010 to Q1/2013
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Informatics, DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG for Health and Consumer Protection)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 3 360 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11000

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