What is the problem?

Companies in the ICT sector that achieve wide market penetration of their products or applications  may not easily make available information that would allow other products to interoperate with them. If their products are incompatible with those of other brands, users feel locked into one company's product range, for fear that any new product they purchase will not be compatible with their existing ones.

Why is EU action required?

Companies should easily provide interoperability information about their products. With this information available, smaller enterprises have the opportunity to develop compatible products or applications. . The end result will be an extremely competitive market and a happy consumer.

What has the Commission done up to now?

A Public Consultation on the Access to Interoperability Information of Digital Products and Services closed in June 2012. It addressed owners and potential users of interoperability information not covered by standards.

What will the Commission do?

Following the public consultation, the Commission is exploring legislative and non-legislative measures for facilitating access to and licensing of interoperability information. The results are expected tobe issued in early 2013.