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EIS Governance Support

When is this action of interest to you?

You are working in a public administration and charged with initiating any interoperability-related activities in support of the development of cross-border public services. The European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) provides guidance regarding the interaction, exchange and cooperation between European public administrations for the delivery of European public services across national borders and sectors.

What is this action about?

The European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) is the overarching strategic plan in the area of cross-border interoperability, developed by the European Commission in conjunction with Member State Chief Information Officers (CIOs).

The EIS provides guidance regarding the interaction, exchange and cooperation between European public administrations for the delivery of European public services across national borders and sectors.

European public services operate in a complex and changing environment. Ensuring interoperability between the legal instruments, business processes, information exchanges and components that support the delivery of European public services is a continuous task.

This action encompasses both the implementation review of the EIS as well as the revision of the EIS, ensuring the alignment of the long-term vision with short-term actions.

The support activities will have a cycle comprising:

  • continuous action to screen changes at EU and Member State level that might have an impact on the EIS implementation and to monitor ongoing interoperability projects;
  • an updating of the EIS every two years.

What are the objectives?

  • monitoring the implementation of the EIS;
  • ensuring regular maintenance and evolution of the EIS so that it stays aligned with the EU political agenda and with the priorities and initiatives of the Member States regarding European public services and interoperability.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • Ensuring awareness of and strategic alignment between interoperability activities and Member States’ related priorities and coherence of interoperability actions at EU and Member State levels.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations
Benefit
  • Achieving strategic alignment between interoperability activities and EU policies as well as coherence of interoperability actions within the Commission.
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission services

What is our approach?

The action will be run by the Commission’s Informatics Directorate-General in close cooperation with the Member States.

Twice a year, proposals may be put forward to the EIS steering group regarding strategic directions to be strengthened, changed or new ones to be adopted.

Consequently, the EIS Governance Support action will include annual activities aimed at:

  • ensuring collection and analysis of new EU policies, Member State priorities and initiatives that can have an impact on the implementation of the EIS or on the overall EIS, as well as associated risks and opportunities;
  • ensuring the good functioning of the portfolio management activities, including the analysis of project status and value measurement;
  • conducting a bi-annual analysis on the possible consequences of new EU policies and Member State priorities and of the Project Portfolio Management status regarding the EIS implementation; and
  • issuing a bi-annual report proposing decisions to be taken on EIS strategic directions and the related impact on the ISA Work Programme, the European Interoperability Framework and on other EU initiatives, if relevant.

Alongside EIS governance activities, an evaluation of the level of performance in implementing the EIS will be undertaken through two complementary actions of the ISA Work Programme:

  • a Maturity Model – a self-assessment tool for administrations to evaluate their level of maturity in the field of interoperability;
  • Key Performance Indicators – an assessment which reflects the performance of clustered projects in terms of value, risk and progress.

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 50200

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