Gertrud Ingestad

Digitising public administrations is vital for the advancement of the Digital Single Market (DSM). Digital government can play a significant role in strengthening the trust in governments. Well aware of that, back in March this year we launched the new European Interoperability Framework (EIF) prepared by the Interoperability Unit of the Directorate-General for Informatics (DG DIGIT) at the European Commission. This document provides 47 recommendations for modernising the delivery of public services nationally and across borders.

Hans Vanderbeke

Hans Vanderbeke, Joinup Project Manager, Interoperability Unit, Directoare-General for Informatics at the European Commission

Joinup, the platform managed by the European Commission’s ISA² programme, is one of the success stories of the programme. Since its launch in 2011 it has over 25,000 subscribers and more than 30,000 artefacts (software solutions, specifications and frameworks) have been uploaded. Very soon however, the current Joinup as it is today will only exist in our memories and in this blog post.

Mario Campolargo

Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

In DIGIT at the European Commission, we aim for a better connected Europe, in which public administrations can offer interoperable cross-border and cross-sector public services to businesses and citizens while reducing public expenditures.


Natalia ARISTIMUNO, Head of Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

All over Europe, EU countries are currently digitising their public administrations to be more efficient, save time, reduce costs, increase transparency, and improve the quality of services that they offer to citizens and businesses. This effort however should be coordinated to address the risk that public services, although digital, are delivered in divergent ways.

Gertrud Ingestad

Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DG Informatics, European Commission

Since more than a decade, the European Commission’s ISA² programme and its predecessor programmes ISA and IDABC have been supporting public administrations across the EU to achieve interoperability of their systems – on technical, semantic, organisational and legal level. Under these programmes, the SEMIC action aims at the development of solutions enabling semantic interoperability. This year, the annual SEMIC conference will bring together experts from more than 30 countries in Valetta, Malta.

Mario Campolargo

Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

Semantic interoperability is a key element in many e-Government and interoperability national agendas. But why is this so important? Thanks to the experience gathered under the SEMIC action, lessons-learnt can already be shared at European level. This reduces the consequences of semantic interoperability conflicts and helps solve problems resulting from the environment in which data is exchanged cross-border.

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Susanne Wigard, organiser of the SEMIC conference

We are almost there! Only three weeks to go until SEMIC 2017, the annual conference on semantic interoperability organised by the European Commission. This year, it is the 7th edition of the event and we will soon be welcoming participants in Malta on 14 June.

Gertrud Ingestad

Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

How many times have you spent hours and money in never-ending paperwork to complete an administrative process? Even worse, how many times after that have you learnt that there is a tool or a service with which you could have done it more easily? Join us in Lisbon next March 29 and learn more!


Konstantinos BOVALIS, Deputy Head of the ISA Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) will help public administrations to better fulfil citizens’ and businesses’ needs when it comes to the delivery of online public services, nationally and across borders. This will in turn contribute to the establishment of the Digital Single Market and to Europe's growth potential and competitiveness.