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The Interoperable Europe Act: Implications and impact on EU's digital future

Paving the path for seamless cross-border services and data synergy

The European Commission's adoption of the Interoperable Europe Act marks a key development in enhancing the EU's digital public sector. This Act is set to create a network of interconnected digital public administrations, which not only strengthens cross-border collaboration but also accelerates Europe's digital transformation. At its core, the Act mandates interoperability assessments, ensuring IT system modifications align with the European Interoperability Framework and shared 'Interoperable Europe solutions'. Transparency is promoted via the publication of these assessments, steering public administrations toward unified standards.

Under the Act, public sector bodies are obliged to share interoperability solutions like open-source software, aiming to dismantle technical and organisational hurdles that impede cross-border digital services. The 'Interoperable Europe Portal' will centralise the sharing and reuse of these solutions, catalysing administrative processes and cross-border service efficiency. Furthermore, governance structures such as the 'Interoperable Europe Board' and community will oversee implementation, while initiatives like regulatory sandboxes will drive innovation.

Businesses are poised to save between €5.7 billion and €19.2 billion through streamlined interactions with digital public services, reducing administrative burdens across the EU. Citizens will benefit from savings estimated at €5.5 million to €6.3 million and enjoy improved service delivery and increased governmental transparency, which in turn boosts public trust and protects individual rights.

The Interoperable Europe Act presents significant opportunities for open data initiatives. By establishing an interoperable network of digital public administrations, it promotes data sharing and collaboration, facilitating the creation of a Common European Public Sector Data Space. Open data will benefit from enhanced interoperability, as it enables easier access to and sharing of public sector data across borders. This alignment with open data principles will contribute to greater transparency, innovation, and efficiency in the digital public sector, in favour of citizens and businesses throughout Europe.

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