COM(2006)0045, Interoperability for Pan-European eGovernment Services

European Commission


Today eGovernment is at the heart of the EU’s drive for economic, social and environmental renewal. Its contribution to improving the development and implementation of public policies is well-established, and recently particular attention has been attached to the part it plays in improving the competitiveness and innovation of European economies.

Much progress has been made on eGovernment at all levels of public administration in Europe. While this momentum must be maintained, more attention now needs to be paid to developing the cross-border dimension of eGovernment, for which interoperability assumes even higher priority. Closer collaboration between administrations from different Member States will support the emergence of better services for European citizens and businesses and more efficient implementation of EU policies.

Increased collaboration necessitates improved communication between a growing number of administrations in the public sector, a challenge that calls for a joint effort by Member States and the Community. The aim of this communication is, therefore, to raise the attention of Member States to the work that needs to be undertaken to achieve pan-European interoperability of eGovernment services. In the light of the range of issues that need to be addressed, it proposes priorities and a first set of actions. This communication calls on the Council to address the requirements identified and to lend its support to the measures that will meet them.