What is the problem? No internal virtual market due to interoperability problems

In the virtual world barriers against the internal market are raising, mainly due to interoperability issues.

Why is EU action needed? European Commission encouraging Member States to adopt interoperability laws

At the end of 2010 the Commission adopted a communication on the "European Interoperability Framework". The next step is: Member States adopting a national interoperability framework, in line with the European one. To this end, the programme "Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations" will be monitoring the progress within the Member States, while in parallel will implement the European Framework.

What has the Commission done?

In 2010 the Commission adopted the European Interoperability Strategy and a European Interoperability Framework (EIF) as annexes of the Communication "Towards interoperability for European public services". By 2013 Member States should align their national interoperability frameworks to the EIF. (See action 24).

What will the Commission do?

The Commission will assist Member States through supporting actions, including awareness raising and exchange of information on national interoperability frameworks.

It has launched a study on the needs and costs benefits of cross-border services and the existing barrier. The results of the first CIP ICT PSP Large Scale Pilots are being deployed across Member States. Details of their deployment are available on the DAE implementation web site.