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One year of the EIF: how the ISA2 Programme is connecting public administrations, businesses and citizens in Europe through interoperability

Adrian Dusa

(Submission #49)


After one year of the implementation of the EIF, launched on the 23rd March 2017, it is time to evaluate how the EIF has contributed to the establishment of the Digital Single Market and to the increase of Europe's potential and competitiveness.

With the main focus on the digitalisation of public administrations, the new EIF puts emphasis on how interoperability principles and models should apply in practice. It also considers related emerging policies and gives emphasis to end-user needs. The document provides 47 specific recommendations to facilitate the alignment of National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) to the EIF. This is an action addressing the risk of Member States, in their effort to meet current challenges quickly, may opt for individual and divergent NIFs, thus leading to incompatible solutions that may increase digital fragmentation across the EU and hinder the realisation of the Digital Single Market.

This is crucial for the digitalisation of public administrations. The 32 EU countries that signed the eGov Ministerial Declaration back on the 6th October 2017 in Tallinn understand it like that. This is why, in the document, the political leaders considered the EIF as the roadmap for the digitalisation of public administrations.

We are aware of the complexity of the alignment process. To help the Member States with this task, we have supported them through the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO). Thanks to the NIFO, we have learnt some success stories of alignment of National Interoperability Frameworks to the EIF, with the consequent benefits for public administrations, businesses and citizens:

• The revamped Belgian Walloon geo-portal centralises the region's geographic data and aims at promoting their reuse. This new version includes the WalOnMap tool for dynamic visualisation of the entire catalogue of publicly accessible geodata.

• The Audit Guide has been published by Spanish Public Administrations to help assessing the compliance with the National Interoperability Framework (Esquema Nacional de Interoperabilidad – ENI) through a list of controls.

• On the way to further development is the electronic exchange between public authorities and citizens; Denmark’s work to prepare and procure a Digital Post solution has started. The so-called Next generation Digital Post (NgDP) will emerge from this process. The NIFO provides information about NIFs and related interoperability and digital strategies/policies to help public administrations to share and reuse experiences and to support the transposition of the EIF nationally.


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, digitalisation, public administrations, NIFO

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