The Commission today approved a proposal for a decision of the European
Parliament and the Council of Ministers on a new programme for the
period 2010–15: "Interoperability Solutions for European Public
In recent years Member States have gradually transformed their
administrations to provide public services electronically so that
citizens and businesses can communicate fast and easily with their
In today’s Europe, citizens are free to work in and re-locate to
any EU Member State and companies carry out business across the EU.
When doing so, they need to communicate with administrations of other
Member States. Member States in turn need to communicate with each
other to serve the citizens and businesses in the best possible way.
To avoid the creation of electronic barriers (e-barriers) between
European administrations, the Member States and the Commission need to
strengthen their efforts to ensure barrier-free communication within
the internal market.From red tape to e-barriers: changing challenges
From IDA to ISA: background
- Electronic barriers at national borders are the main challenge of the new era.
setting up electronic public services to cut red tape and make
communication with administrations faster and easier, Member States
have mainly been considering the national dimension. However, to serve
citizens and businesses in a Europe of mobility, Member States need to
be able to communicate seamlessly across borders. Solutions developed
without coordination at EU level may prove incompatible and unable to
“talk” to each other. This is where the ISA programme steps
- In response to the need for coordination and cooperation at
EU level, the ISA programme proposes to establish and promote commonly
agreed solutions to avoid e-barriers at national borders.
- From needs to action: implementation of the ISA programme
- Over the period 2010-2015, the ISA programme aims to support and promote cooperation between European public administrations.
focuses on providing cross-border solutions for public administrations
by making available common frameworks, common services and generic
tools and promoting reuse as well as exchange of experience and good
ISA is the follow-on programme to the IDABC programme (interoperable
delivery of pan-European e-government services to administrations,
businesses and citizens) which comes to an end in December 2009.
The IDABC programme was itself launched in January 2005 as the
successor of the IDA programme “interchange of data between
The IDABC and IDA programmes have clearly provided added value to the
exchange of information between administrations compared to what could
have been obtained from a separate and uncoordinated approach.
The ISA programme will be based on the achievements of the IDA and
IDABC programmes and will, as its predecessors, contribute to the
further development and implementation of the European e-government