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The need for cooperation is especially acute in the european Union. The citizens of the european union generally have to interact with the administrations of other member states other than their own; the governments of the various Member states must cooperate with each other to solve problems of citizens, as well as with the community institutions for matters related to common policies. Interoperability is an indispensable element for the cooperation and, in particular, to the practical realization of the digital public services.

In this context of the community interoperability is relevant to the realization of the principle of only once (once-only principle) and specifically for areas such as the internal market, environment, justice, customs, taxation, health, food safety, european funds, public sector information, electronic identity, standardization, statistics and ICT procurement.

Accordingly, the achievement of interoperability between administrations is considered in the european Union as an essential aspect for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the provision of services, while sharing and reuse of interoperability solutions already existing ones may help contain the multiplication of costs. This important role of interoperability in various community acts as, among the most recent ones, European Interoperability framework (Opens in new window) , Ministerial declaration of Tallinn , Decision ISA ² (Opens in new window) and The Plan of action of electronic administration 2016-2020 (Opens in new window) , among others.

In particular, Ministerial declaration of electronic administration in tallinn; adopted on 6 october 2017, reinforces the commitment to the principles of The Plan of action of electronic administration 2016-2020 (Opens in new window) e includes among its lines of action relating to the principle of only once and interoperability by default, to promote, essentially, the reuse of data in the registers primary school establishments and solutions from both the eu ( THE FSB Telecom and ISA ² (Opens in new window) ), as of the administrations of member states.

Are especially involved interoperability in the eu's actions ISA ² programme (Opens in new window) , digital services and infrastructure basic components (building blocks) outcome of the instrument THE FSB Telecom (Opens in new window) as well as other proceedings under way as standardization Ict.

The ISA ² programme (Opens in new window) (Interoperability Solutions and common frameworks for public administrations, businesses and citizens) in force in the period 2016-2020, work is continuing preprograms (IDA, IDA II, IDABC, ISA) to promote interoperability in the eu; to facilitate interaction and cross-border electronic efficient and effective both among european public administrations and between them and businesses and citizens, and to contribute to the development of e-administration more efficient, simplified and user-oriented in the national, regional and local levels of public administration; promote interoperability solutions to facilitate the implementation of the policies and activities of the union; and facilitate the reuse of interoperability solutions by european public administrations.
ISA ² (Opens in new window) with its financing promotes an extensive collection of actions including:

  • maintenance of the strategy, the framework and the european architecture of interoperability;
  • promoting interoperability solutions existing and new, and reuse;
  • mechanisms to quantify savings in costs of interoperability;
  • detection of legislative gaps in the field of interoperability and evaluation of the implications in ict community legislation.

The Observatory of the National Frameworks for interoperability ( NIFO – National Interoperability Framework Observatory (Opens in new window) ) is an action ISA ² programme (Opens in new window)   (Opens in new window) the follow-up by european countries of the following issues:

  1. The main activities on interoperability.
  2. The framework of interoperability.
  3. The alignment with the European Interoperability framework (Opens in new window) .
  4. Other initiatives on interoperability.

For each country develops a tab (Opens in new window) after studying the interoperability framework and related activities through an analytical model which aims to show the status of art.

The European union launched in 2013, the ‘ Connect Europe mechanism ’ (Connecting Europe Facility – FSB (Opens in new window) ) to finance the deployment of infrastructure for connectivity pan-europeas of member states in the fields of energy, transport and telecommunications. The domain of telecommunication, known as THE FSB Telecom (Opens in new window) finances infrastructure development of digital services whose purpose is to allow digital interactions between public authorities citizens and businesses through standard platforms for interaction, transboundary and user-friendly.

The infrastructure of digital services which have a more sectoral nature are: access to digital resources of the european heritage; services infrastructure for a safer internet; european platform for interconnection of business registers; access to public sector information can be reused; and online services border interoperable (in areas of justice, social security, etc.).
In addition, some of the infrastructure of digital services have the character of ‘ basic components. These components are: basic identification and electronic authentication; delivery of documents; electronic automated translation; cybersecurity; and electronic invoicing and electronic filing.

The european standardization ict is an instrument for the achievement of interoperability. Is the Regulation (EU) No. 1025/2012 (Opens in new window) on european standardisation and the platform European Multi-stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP-ICT) (Opens in new window) advising the commission, particularly in connection with the identification of technical specifications (Opens in new window) that can be referenced in the procurement.


  • erny1803 06/06/2012 to 15:08

    What can be done to include JSON in a future version of the catalogue of standards? It is not included JavaScript ECMA-262.

  • pdeamil 08/09/2011 to 21:55

    are already issued the XSD relating to ANNEX I.

  • roete _ cosmico 01/08/2011 to 12:14

    I do not know where can i send this issue, so i ask you to comment. in the electronic download "", in annex I on compulsory minimum metadata of the electronic, reference is made in metadado "NTI" Version to a URL that is not available:

  • mvegas77 06/07/2011 to 13:31

    When will be available on the draft Policy for the management of electronic documents? In my opinion this is a basic element to take into account in any project.

  • antonio21 27/06/2011 to 15:51

    Dear friends cificil is to make a patent that you recognise the digital signature to the invention, initially had trouble using programs that are complicating for not being able to do nothing with my card when i go around, this is called not having initially had trouble using, for we must take 10 engineering careers and you ensure greetings to those who are with this frustacion

  • afrodriguez 09/05/2011 to 17:36

    Dear friends: from the commission in IDE of Esp. GS, remodeled in law 14/2010, which reflected the INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/ec) for an IDE in europe, which has resulted in the publication (2008-12-13) for a regulation on metadata, and as electronic documents include the geographical, i believe that there is a certain inconsistency. I am at your disposal. A greeting Antonio F. Rodríguez Instituto Geográfico Nacional

  • afrodriguez 09/05/2011 to 17:23

    My dear friends, I believe that there are ISO standards that cannot be ignored in defining metadata of electronic documents: - Geographical (UNE EN-ISO 19115:2006 Metadata) - Alphanumeric Code (ISO 15836 Dublin Core Metadata Set) I am at your disposal. A cordial greeting Antonio F. Rodríguez Chief infrastructure Área IG Instituto Geográfico Nacional GT IDEE Secretary of the Specialist Committee in IDE

  • aldazsola 02/05/2011 to 17:09

    With regard to NTI on Electronic Brief, i have noticed: "Electronic documents may be included as part of another dossier, nestling in the first". The option of nested files, which are part of the father "" dossier, i believe that it is not reflected in any model used in entidad-relación electronic document management.