Pillar 1 - 4. Revision of the EIF

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    Graziana Lonero
    18 October 2016 - updated 1 year ago
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Present a revised version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and support its take-up by national administrations

Potential of action

Without a comprehensive approach to interoperability, there is a risk that Member States might opt for different solutions that will build new barriers and fragmentation to the delivery of European public services in the internal market. It is therefore important to ensure that a coherent vision on interoperability exists in the EU in relation to interactions between the European public administrations and between them and citizens and businesses. This can be done through updating and extending the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and updating the European Interoperability Strategy (EIS).

The review is deemed necessary in order to align with recent policy developments, with emerging technological trends and to put more focus on the implementation[1] of the EIF rather than the simple alignment with the national approaches on interoperability[2]. The fact that 25 MS have already a National Interoperability Framework and their overall alignment rate is 72% demonstrates their willingness to have a common framework on interoperability across Europe and proves that the EIF is a powerful instrument to serve this purpose[3].

Description of action

Today, there is a common understanding among Member States on the basic requirements to achieve interoperability, based on the "European Interoperability Framework" put forward by the Commission in 2010. The new European Interoperability Framework was adopted on 23 March 2017. The framework gives specific guidance on how to set up interoperable digital public services. It offers public administrations concrete recommendations on how to improve governance of their interoperability activities, establish cross-organisational relationships, streamline processes supporting end-to-end digital services, and ensure that both existing and new legislation do not compromise interoperability efforts.

Main responsible at the European Commission: DG DIGIT

Target date: 2016-2019

Status: On track

More info (website): https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/eif_en



[1] http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/synthesis/amp/doc/digit_sp_2016-2020_en.pdf

[2] http://ec.europa.eu/isa/consultations/impact-assessment-for-the-revision-of-the-eis-eifl_en.htm

[3] http://ec.europa.eu/smart-regulation/roadmaps/docs/2016_digit_001_eif_eis_en.pdf