Interoperable Europe: more efficient digital public services across the EU

With the aim of creating a network of interconnected digital public administrations and accelerating the digital transformation of the European public sector, the representatives of the Member States (Coreper) have reached a common position on the proposal for legislation regarding measures for a high level of public sector interoperability across the European Union.

The aim of the draft Regulation is to establish a new cooperation framework for EU public administrations to ensure the perfect delivery of public services across borders and provide for support measures that promote innovation and improve the exchange of skills and knowledge.

With the objective of creating a set of interoperability solutions shared by the Union’s public sector, the proposed Regulation will establish an interoperability governance structure. In this manner, EU public administrations and other stakeholders have the opportunity to participate in and repurpose these solutions, collaborate on innovation, and generate added value.

Main elements of the European Commission’s proposal

The common position of the European Council maintains the general thrust of the Commission’s proposal with respect to the following:

  • Rules to ensure structured EU cooperation where public administrations, supported by public and private actors, come together in the framework of projects for Member States, as well as regions and cities.
  • A multi-level governance framework led by the Interoperable Europe Board and tasked with, among others, agreeing on common reusable resources.
  • The exchange and reuse of interoperability solutions, driven by a one-stop-shop for solutions and community cooperation (Interoperable Europe portal) and supported by measures to promote innovation and improve the exchange of skills and knowledge.

The Council’s text modifies several parts of the Commission’s proposal. The main changes include:

  • A clearer definition of the scope of the proposed legislation.
  • Clarifications on the objectives and conditions of the mandatory interoperability assessment to comply with the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity.
  • Alignment with the artificial intelligence act regarding regulators and consistency with the General Data Protection Regulation.
  • A stronger role for the Interoperable Europe Board, which is at the centre of the new governance structure established by the Regulation.

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