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Action 24: Adopt a European Interoperability Strategy and Framework

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The action aims at promoting interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework.

The European Interoperability Strategy and Framework was adopted in 2010.

What is the problem? There is no EU-wide standard-setting

Europe does not yet gain the maximum benefits from interoperability. Weaknesses in standard-setting, public procurement and coordination between European public authorities prevent digital services and devices working across borders as well as they should.

Why is the EU action required? Get greater interoperability throughout the EU

When establishing National Public Services, there is a risk that Member States opt for solutions incompatible with one another. New electronic barriers, so-called "e-barriers", emerge - impeding the proper functioning of the internal market. Member States and the Commission should do more to pre-empt the emergence of these new e-barriers and the resulting market fragmentation by getting greater interoperability of public IT systems throughout the EU.

What has the Commission done?

In December 2010, the Commission adopted a Communication "Towards interoperability for European public services" to promote interoperability between public administrations. The Communication included two annexes: the European Interoperability Strategy and the European Interoperability Framework. See also other actions under this pillar (21, 22, 23, 25 26 and 27).

What will the Commission do next?

Follow-up of this action is as follows:

  • European Interoperability reference Architecture and European Cartography of Interoperability solutions: The action will develop a common reference architecture of cross-border interoperability and identify existing operational interoperability solutions (services, ICT systems, software components, semantic, organisational and legal interoperability assets). Once completed the description provides a cartography mapping existing operational European interoperability solutions. This cartography will raise awareness of Public Administrations on what exists to be re-used and under which conditions
  • European federated Interoperability Repository (EFIR):  The EFIR will be the dissemination tool for the European Cartography of Interoperability solutions. It will document and make available information about Interoperability solutions and their characteristics.  The repository itself will become a valuable information source, which can be used by the Member States and European Commission services to boost interoperability. It will also serve as a tool to identify challenges and alignment opportunities for interoperability assets and interoperabilty solutions management at a European level. More information cna be found on the joinup platform managed by the ISA programme.
The Europeone e-Government Conference will bring together experts from the Commission, the Member States, the Candidate Countries and the Private Sector. The conference will focus on issues related to interoperability, key enablers, cross border services, trust and privacy, new technologies tendencies, and e-procurement. Experts will discuss and exchange ideas/experiences on how to empower European citizens and businesses in order to improve their mobility across Europe. Discussions will also focus on how Governments are transforming in order to be more efficient, productive and push economic growth in these difficult global times. The event is organized within the context of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU.
Monday
03
Dec
2012
Tuesday
04
Dec
2012
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Nicosia, Cyprus
This is an open event intended for Member States, policy-makers and practitioners interested in improveming the transparency of government decision making at European, national and local level and anyone interested in the area of public administrations as well as businesses and/or citizens who interact with them: eGovernment project implementers, stakeholders in FP6 and FP7 research projects, researchers, businesses, ePractice members etc. This event is all about networking. A few selected speakers will set the scene with a 15 minute presentation and the rest of the programme will be dedicated to roundtable discussions and networking purposes.
Tuesday
06
Nov
2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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The objectives of this 1st European Conference on e-Public Procurement and 1st Exhibition of European e-Platforms are: Discussing the implications of the single digital market on public procurement; Presenting the new advances of e-procurement available through Software as a Service (SaaS); Discussing the role of e-procurement to improve the management of each organization; Identifying major macro-economic benefits due to the dissemination of e-public procurement; Discussing alternative strategies to simplify and to overcome e-procurement obstacles; Analyzing the new European Directives for e-public procurement; Presenting e-procurement impacts on innovation and on SMEs access to public markets; Proposing new initiatives to increase cross-border public procurement. An exhibition of “best-of-breed” services of e-platforms is open during the whole day.
Wednesday
20
Mar
2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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This event will offer an opportunity to explore and discuss how semantic interoperability solutions are being embraced by eGovernment initiatives. The conference combines plenary sessions and interactive panels. eGovernment and semantics experts will present their case studies and real-life examples and experiences with semantic technologies. Semantic Interoperability is a major step for achieving the provision of cross-border digital public services.
Monday
18
Jun
2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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