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The monitoring mechanism for the new European Interoperability Framework

Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez

(Submission #44)


On 23 March 2017, the European Commission adopted a new Communication on interoperability, which presents the new European Interoperability Framework (EIF). It offers public administrations in Member States 47 recommendations on how to improve their interoperability activities in Europe. The successful implementation of the EIF, and its recommendations, will improve the quality of European public services as well as the digital transformation. As specified in Art. 1 of the legal decision establishing the new programme, the European Commission will monitor the implementation of the EIF through the ISA² programme. In fact, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) provides an objective, up-to-date picture of interoperability activities across Europe on a regular basis. Through the NIFO Community, a free-to-use online community of practice on Joinup, users can:

• Access the interoperability factsheets summarising the interoperability activities of over 30 European countries.

• Generate analytical models showing the alignment of NIFs with the EIF.

• Learn about and exchange good practices as inspiration for the establishment and further development of NIFs.

• Consult factsheets on the state and progress of eGovernment in 34 European countries and the EU institutions.

• Stay abreast of country updates in the field.

• Engage with your peers in discussion threads. In order to monitoring the implementation of the new EIF, a new monitoring Mechanism is being put in place to measure the degree of implementation of the EIF through identifying indicators and data sources for each of its 47 recommendations. The new Monitoring Mechanism uses indicators from:

• Primary data based on interoperability indicators that will be collected by the NIFO as in the past for the previous EIF;

• Other relevant EU legislation, initiatives and observatories that impact or contribute to interoperability as secondary data like INSPIRE Directive and the future ELISE observatory; For each EIF recommendation, the monitoring is proposing a set of indicators, the data source, and the unit of measurement. Once the data collection has started, composite indicators will be defined with the support of JRC-ISPRA (Coin Unit). The test of the mechanism is now undergoing with the collaboration of some Member States.


Topic Area:  [2.2] International cooperation at EU/EFTA/EEA level
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   interoperability, NIFO Observatory, digitalisation, public administrations

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