Mariya Gabriel and Suzana Pribilović

Montenegro is the first candidate country joining the ISA² Programme. The agreement was signed on 29 May 2018 by the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and Montenegro's Minister of Public Administration Suzana Pribilović.


Out of that budget, €1.3 billion will ensure the digital transformation of public administration and public services and their EU-wide interoperability and facilitate access to technology and knowhow for all businesses, notably SMEs.


The registrations for SEMIC 2018 Conference on “Linked Digital Public Administrations” are now closed. If you didn't manage to register and you would like to virtually attend the event, please follow the live stream on 14 June from 9:30 - Bulgaria time.


Next 25 and 26 June we will be at the Digital Assembly explaining how we are supporting citizens, businesses and administrations in Europe with eGov and CEF. In our shared stand you will learn what are the actions taken by the European Com mission (DG DIGIT and DG CONNECT) to boost the Digital Single Market.


The ELISE Action has been further developing reusable solutions to support INSPIRE implementation and interoperability of location data across borders and sectors. The Re3gistry software, in addition to several other implementations, is now in operational use in Finland and France, sharing key reference codes to support semantic interoperability and data transformation between information systems. There are plans to release v2.0 later this year.


The 2018 edition of eGovernment factsheets has been published by the European Commission's National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO). The factsheets offer a comprehensive overview of policies and activities related to the implementation and the delivery of digital public services in 34 countries (28 EU countries, FYROM, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).


The registration for SEMIC 2018 Conference on “Linked Digital Public Administrations” is closing on 24 May!


As part of ISA²'s ongoing work to support the new European Interoperability Framework, the report on Interoperability Governance Models is available for your attention and reuse.

EU and Uruguay

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) has started closer cooperation with Uruguay's Agency for Electronic Government and Information and Knowledge Society (AGESIC). DIGIT and AGESIC agreed to cooperate in IT, open platforms, standards and methods where these concern interoperability solutions and common frameworks for public administrations.


If you want to let us know your views and help us shape the future digital public administrations, express your interest on our workshop "ISA² Programme: boosting digital public administrations in Europe" in the thematic cluster "Governance and administrative capacity", and join us in October to discuss about this. We will have in the panel representatives from some Member States' that will give us their insights on the digitalisation process they went through.

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The SEMIC Conference 2018 on “Linked Digital Public Administrations” will count on the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society at the European Commission, Mariya Gabriel, and the Head of Division at the Danish Agency for Digitisation, Jens Krieger Røyen, as keynote speakers.


A new version of the Interoperability Test Bed, a platform for interoperability and conformance testing, is now available.


The European Commission adopted the 2018 revision of the ISA² rolling work programme on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The work programme includes 53 actions, of which 36 are ongoing from the previous years and 10 are new. For seven actions from the previous years, no additional funding is necessary to ensure their completion. The budget for 2018 is EUR 26.4 million.


On 15 March 2018, the European Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP) endorsed the ISA² Common Assessment Method for Standards and Specifications (CAMSS). The members of the platform agreed that CAMSS will be the key driver streamlining the process for the identification and evaluation of ICT technical specifications to be referenced in the EU Catalogue of ICT standards for procurement.

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Would you like to know how well your digital public services interact with other services and systems? The European Commission just launched the Interoperability Maturity Assessment of a Public Service (IMAPS), an online survey open to all public administrations free of charge. IMAPS helps public service owners evaluate, improve and consider all key interoperability aspects of their digital public service.


On 1 February 2018, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for the revision of the Drinking Water Directive. This proposal in reaction to the Right2Water European Citizens' Initiative foresees an obligation for EU Member States to improve access to water and ensure its access for vulnerable and marginalized groups. The Right2Water initiative used the Open Source Software (known as the Online Collection System - OCS) developed by the Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) of the European Commission and financed by the ISA² Programme.


Open data recognises the importance of geospatial data as a value resource for the European Digital Economy, where the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive is helping to share this data across borders over a range of sectors. To date, few technological approaches have allowed this data to be accessed and reused on the web or by mainstream ICT developers. The ISA2 Programme’s ELISE Action has been exploring this issue with practical solutions to help this data be more accessible for e-government applications. Join us for two webinars in which we will share and discuss the results.

Natalia Aristimuno at Interop Summit 2018

Natalia Aristimuño Perez, Head of Interoperability Unit at the Directorate-General for Informatics at the European Commission, has presented the ISA² Programme at the Interop Summit 2018 held on 23 February in Brussels, Belgium. Interop Summit is all about interoperability in the context of e-Government. The event aims to promote and disseminate best practices on interoperability, based upon the building blocks of the European Commission's ISA² Programme.

Mario Campolargo at OpenPM² Conference

On 1 and 2 February 2018, the first OpenPM² conference attracted more than 550 people from the EU institutions, EU Member States, businesses and citizens to present one common and open to all project management methodology. Other 850 people followed the event via webstream.

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SEMIC 2018, the 8th Semantic Interoperability Conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June 2018. With the theme "Linked Digital Public Administrations", the conference will be organised by the ISA² Programme in collaboration with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.