The quality of public administration is an important driver of Europe’s competitiveness. The Europe 2020 strategy stresses that competitiveness is the result of the interplay of diverse factors, and within that context it emphasises the importance of an efficient, effective and transparent public administration. Modernising public administration is a key issue to restoring competitiveness in a number of Member States.

IT is a key enabler of modernisation of public administrations across Europe. In this vein, European public administrations are investing on the development of a large number of IT solutions to serve internal needs, but also to exchange information and provide services across borders.

Often, the uncoordinated development of these solutions leads to duplication of effort, increased development times and costs, and non-interoperable systems, which cannot communicate and exchange information seamlessly.

In this context, the ISA Programme of the European Commission has developed the vision to support the effective and efficient development of interoperable e-Government systems by building a culture of collaborative development, sharing and reuse of interoperability solutions among public administrations.

The collection of interoperability solutions on the Joinup platform gives visibility to reusable solutions, such as software, IT specifications and data models, or even business process, thus promoting their reuse.

The sharing and reuse of these solutions, has a direct positive impact on:

  • Cost reductions, covering financial savings as well as effort and time savings. Instead of spending time and money on re-inventing the wheel and dealing with problems and challenges that their peers have already solved, European public administrations can tap into a pool of reusable solutions, which can be integrated into context-specific implementation in different Member States. 
  • Interoperability of European public services. Reusing common principles, processes, data specifications and services enables the seamless communication and the exchange of information between disparate systems that support the delivery of European public services across borders and sectors.