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Keeping the European Interoperability Strategy up-to-date

2016.33 European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) Governance Support                                

When is this action of interest to you? 

You are working in a public administration and charged with initiating any interoperability-related activities in support of the development of cross-border public services. The European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) provides guidance regarding the interaction, exchange and cooperation between European public administrations for the delivery of European public services across national borders and sectors.

What is this action about?

The European Interoperability Strategy (EIS) is the overarching strategic plan in the area of cross-border interoperability, developed by the European Commission in conjunction with Member State Chief Information Officers (CIOs).

The EIS provides guidance regarding the interaction, exchange and cooperation between European public administrations for the delivery of European public services across national borders and sectors.

European public services operate in a complex and changing environment. Ensuring interoperability between the legal instruments, business processes, information exchanges and components that support the delivery of European public services is a continuous task.

This action encompasses both the implementation review of the EIS as well as the revision of the EIS, ensuring the alignment of the long-term vision with short-term actions.

The support activities will have a cycle comprising:

  • continuous action to screen changes at EU and Member State level that might have an impact on the EIS implementation and to monitor ongoing interoperability projects;
  • an updating of the EIS every two years.

What are the objectives?

  • monitoring the implementation of the EIS;
  • ensuring regular maintenance and evolution of the EIS so that it stays aligned with the EU political agenda and with the priorities and initiatives of the Member States regarding European public services and interoperability.

What are the benefits?

  • Ensuring awareness of and strategic alignment between interoperability activities and Member States’ related priorities and coherence of interoperability actions at EU and Member State levels.
  • Achieving strategic alignment between interoperability activities and EU policies as well as coherence of interoperability actions within the Commission.

What are the next steps?

In 2016, this action supported the revision of the EIS and the publication of the new Commission communication on interoperability. In 2017 it will focus on actions included in the EIS action plan, concerning the organisational aspects of interoperability, governance structures and processes.