On 26 June 2014, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a programme on interoperability solutions for European public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA2) . ISA2 will support interoperability as a central means for modernising the public sector.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said:
"Under pressure from the recent economic crisis, Member States are already reducing administrative burdens and costs, introducing digital services and improving business processes. However, because this often takes place at department level and lacks cross-sector and European-level interoperability, these changes very often throw up e-barriers. This can cause frustration for businesses and citizens, wasting their time and money. Years of work on interoperability, eGovernment and open data mean interoperable platforms now have the potential to unleash unprecedented speed, efficiency and quality in the delivery of public services. ISA2 is the key that will unlock that potential. It is central to the Digital Agenda for Europe." (See press release on ISA2 )
The proposal will now be transmitted to the Council and the European Parliament. Once adopted by these, it will be implemented by the European Commission based on proposals submitted by the Member States and the Commission services.
Further information will follow on time.