Facilitating cooperation on EU legislation
2017.03 REFIT Platform (IT tool)
The Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Platform brings together the Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders in order to improve existing EU legislation as part of the Commission's Better regulation policy. The ISA² action will develop the REFIT collaborative workspace to facilitate online cooperation between the members of the REFIT platform. The new workspace will allow all involved actors to treat citizens' suggestions for reducing administrative burden swiftly and efficiently.
To facilitate the online cooperation the ISA² REFIT action will provide a collaborative workspace with a restricted area for working group members and an integrated workflow system to connect the Better Regulation Portal (BRP) with the relevant DGs and the platform members. Additionally, a middleware component will be developed to interconnect the collaborative workspace, an off-the-shelf solution hosted in the cloud, with Commission systems, and more particularly the BRP.
This action will deliver an interactive workspace to facilitate collaboration and communication between Commission actors and Platform Members in managing the receipt and analysis of stakeholder submissions received through 'Lighten the load – Have your say' and other means. The scope also includes the necessary developments inside BRP to support the transmission of REFIT suggestions to the collaborative workspace and to get related status information and finalised documents, through a middleware brokering the communications. This middleware will be designed as a reusable component and developed using generic open source technologies. Thus, it can be used in other architecturally similar applications and hence be used by other expert groups or internal working groups.
The middleware component facilitates the exchange of messages and documents with the Better Regulation Portal, and can be reused in any other architecturally similar situation.
The middleware component will also be added to the Commission's corporate IT catalogue, so that it will be available for reuse by any DG/Service across the European Commission.