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Assessment of ICT implications of EU legislation

When is this action of interest to you?

You work in the legislative department of a public administration, preparing or evaluating legislation that is likely to result in the development of new or an update of existing IT systems. You would like to ensure the feasibility of the IT requirements you put into the legislation and to build a solid basis for the estimation of costs, benefits and duration of implementation.

You work in the IT department of a public administration and you are charged with the technical implementation of upcoming EU or national legislation. You would like to ensure that the required system completion date and allocated budget are realistic.

You decided to invest on a new IT system/service or extend and maintain an existing one. You want to know what will be the additional investment to make the system/service interoperable and which benefits will derive from it.

What is this action about?

The implementation of most new EU legislation requires the support of IT systems, e.g. for the exchange of information between competent authorities across borders or for the direct delivery of online public services to businesses and citizens.

The ICT impact of legislation needs to be taken into account as early as possible in the legislation preparation and evaluation process to ensure reusability of existing IT solutions and interoperability among them, resulting to cost and time savings.

To help policymakers and IT specialists in this endeavour, an ICT assessment method was developed under the IDABC (the predecessor programme to ISA).

The method was updated in 2014 under ISA, following application in a number of cases within the Commission.

From 2016 onwards, as part of the ISA2 actions list, the draft updated method will undergo thorough testing within the Commission and if possible in the Member States to obtain the status of a mature version.

In addition, a measuring mechanism for the costs and benefits of interoperability has been developed under ISA during 2015. The mechanism will attempt to quantitatively measure the direct benefits deriving from interoperability and give precise estimations for the indirect benefits. This mechanism will be used by ISA2 actions to evaluate the costs and benefits of interoperable solutions ex-ante and ex-post as required by the ISA2 legal basis.

What are the objectives?

  • Test the updated ICT implication assessment method in real-life cases in the Commission and if possible in the Member States when preparing or evaluating EU legislation;
  • Ensure that a mature version of the ICT implications method is in place;
  • Offer a service based on the mature method to all Commission services preparing or evaluating new legislation;
  • Constantly promote, apply and maintain the mature method.
  • Test and verify the measuring mechanism with real data from existing ISA actions;
  • Run a number of test cases coming both from the Commission services and the Member States.

What are the benefits?

  • Facilitate implementation of EU legislation through optimal support of ICT. Identifying ICT needs upfront increases chances to reuse existing systems/components and ensures interoperability amongst them.
  • Analyse the ICT impact of EU legislation at the earliest possible stage. This maximises the probability that legislation will be supported properly by ICT at reasonable cost and within the foreseen timeline.
  • Provide a robust mechanism that delivers quantitative results to decision makers of benefits stemming from interoperability.
  • Measure the impact of interoperability on new and existing ICT systems/services/solutions
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2010 to Q4/2015
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Informatics)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 950 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 30100

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