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Access to base registries

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a base registry representative and you receive requests to open up your registry to cross-border public services and/or other registries. To respond to these requests, you want to gain insights into how to develop/improve the cross-border interoperability features of your base registry.

You are working for a public service and are in charge of liaising with cross-border base registries to develop new add-on services. You advise your public service organization and the identified cross-border registries on how to become interoperable and/or how to gain interoperability maturity.

What is this action about?

Important components of European public services, “base registries” contain basic and reliable information on items such as persons, companies, vehicles, licences, buildings, locations and roads. Such registries are under the legal control of and maintained by individual public administrations.

Cross-border cooperation between registries could considerably reduce the administrative burden for businesses and citizens alike and offer possible benefits in the areas of work, leisure and retirement in Europe.

For such cooperation to take place, the interfaces between these registries need to be defined, published and harmonised, at both semantic and technical levels.

This action sets out to assess the needs and requirements for a framework that will enable access to authentic data sources at Member State level.

As the information needed for operating European public services is owned and managed at the Member State level (or within a Member State) within registries, the study will look at  whether and how the opening up of these registries – with the appropriate security and privacy measures – can help foster the establishment of European public services.

What are the objectives?

Providing cross-border access to the base registries of data held by Member States, by defining a common framework that makes this possible.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • more efficient and effective access to information across borders when establishing European public services;
Beneficiaries
  • Member States’ public administrations
Benefit
  • quicker and easier European public service establishment;
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services
Benefit
  • Reduced administrative burdens.
Beneficiaries
  • Citizens and enterprises

What is our approach?

Project phases:

  • investigate what has already been done in this area in various sectors and at the various administrative levels of government;
  • define the approach and scope of the action. Building on the identification of successful practices, a common approach may be proposed for opening up base registries at EU level, evaluating the need for the definition of common interfaces to access base registries. The study will also investigate security and privacy aspects of opening up the base registries;
  • refine the deliverables defined in the initial phase;
  • assess the situation regarding base registries in the Member States (in terms of coverage, architecture, legal basis, organisational situation, and strategy).

Case Study - What’s going on in Europe?

EUCARIS is the European system for the exchange of all transport related information, centrally developed by the EUCARIS organisation, a collaboration of EU Registration Authorities sharing vehicle and driving licence data from 14 countries. Based on a ‘peer-to-peer’ architecture, the system offers a multilingual web client plus a very flexible ‘pluggable’ framework for services for the secure exchange of data between the national registries of the EU States.

EUCARIS is a generic platform supporting several applications, each with a different legal basis, among them EU Council Decisions and bilateral treaties. Currently EUCARIS offers three different applications: one for the exchange of vehicle and driving licence data, one for vehicle owner/holder and insurance data and one for information about traffic offenders.

Each country is responsible for its own registry of vehicle and driving licence information and its own registration procedures. Through their national registration authority, governmental institutions can request information.

Benefits obtained

EUCARIS as one single network within the area of road transport connects national registration authorities, thus establishing a virtual European platform for cross-border exchange of information without the need for a central European database and expensive investment in several parallel networks.

Organisation: The EUCARIS organisation, a cooperation of EU Registration Authorities of vehicle data

Country: The Netherlands

Contact: Idske Dijkstra, Secretary EUCARIS

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 10200

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