European Interoperability Framework for pan-European eGovernment services



Today’s Information Age offers the possibility of communication across borders. The need to standardise and allow for interoperability is growing. National administrations have developed (or are in the process of developing) Governmental Interoperability Frameworks for efficient communication between themselves as well as with citizens and businesses. IDABC is complementing this work by adding the pan-European dimension in providing the European Interoperability Framework v.1.0 issued in November 2004. This document is currently under revision.


Interoperability means working together - collaboration of systems, services and people. When people work together, they need to communicate and make agreements. They need to agree on the tasks they will perform and how they will exchange results. If their nationality is different, they also need to agree on the language in which they will communicate. Moreover, they need to overcome cultural and legal differences.

An Interoperability Framework can be defined as the overarching set of policies, standards and guidelines which describe the way in which organisations have agreed, or should agree, to do business with each other. An Interoperability Framework is, therefore, not a static document and may have to be adapted over time as technologies, standards and administrative requirements change.

Administrations that provide electronic services (eServices) are faced with the same situation, they need to elaborate a set of agreements on a large number of issues, considering organisational, semantic and technical aspects. For example, when administrations exchange data, they must ensure that each party shares the same meaning of the data (semantic interoperability): for instance, when referring to 'price', do we mean the actual price or the price per item? The European Interoperability Framework addresses these issues in order to facilitate the interoperability of eGovernment services at pan-European level.

(What is the European Interoperability Framework v.1.0?)

  • What is the European Interoperability Framework?
  • Objectives
  • How does it work?
  • Achievements
  • Who benefits?
  • The role of IDABC
  • Technical information
  • Documentation