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Sharing information on the powers and mandates of legal entities

2016.12 Semantic interoperability of the representation of powers and mandates


When is this action of interest to you? 

You run a business and need information on the powers and mandates of legal entities in a certain country.

You are a public administrator in charge of data on legal entities.

What is this action about?

Information on legal entities and their powers and mandates is essential for businesses when establishing relationships with governments, customers or other businesses. However, the cross-border exchange of information is limited by the lack of semantic standards. The absence of such standards prevents automated data processing within Europe, and decreases information reliability. The European Commission aims to overcome this obstacle by creating a common classification for the powers and mandates of legal entities. This ISA2 action will build on the results of the CEF eID project and ISA Core Vocabularies.

What are the objectives?

The main objective is to create a shared European data model about representation powers and mandates, which allows powers/mandates information originated in the information systems of one country to be directly processed automatically by the information systems in other country. 

What are the benefits?

For citizens

  • More reliable information on the powers and mandates of legal entities
  • Lower cost of information transfer, due to automated data processing

For EU institutions and Member States

  • More efficient transfer of information on legal entities, due to greater semantic interoperability within the EU
  • Reduced administrative burdens
  • A safe and reliable online environment for information exchange

What has been achieved?

In 2017, an analysis was carried out through various contracts and deliverables in order to understand the state of the art of the eMandates systems in the European Commission. As part of this analysis, the identification of cross-border use cases was a cornerstone in the process of understanding the scope of this project. 

In 2018, once the grounds were solid enough, a common shared European data model for representing eMandates across borders and across domains was developed and refined with the collaboration of the Member States through Working Group meetings. 

In 2019, a piloting phase will be launched to test the Representation of Powers and Mandates ontology within 4 EU countries.

All results of the work are available on Joinup: