Members' Research Service By / April 3, 2023

Interoperable Europe act [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy podcast]

While more and more public services have become digital and Member States have voluntarily worked towards cross-border interoperability, the level of interoperability of network and information systems supporting digital public services in the EU is still insufficient.

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Written by Maria Niestadt (1st edition).

In November 2022, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation laying down measures for a high level of public sector interoperability across the Union (the interoperable Europe act). The initiative seeks to ensure a consistent, human-centric EU approach to interoperability, create an interoperability governance structure that helps public administrations and the private sector to work together, and establish an ecosystem of interoperability solutions for the EU’s public sector. The proposal should also cut red tape for citizens and businesses.

The European Parliament and the Council have started working on the file. In Parliament, the file has been assigned to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and in the Council to the working party on telecommunications and information society. Parliament’s rapporteur, Ivars Ijabs (Renew Europe, Latvia) published his draft report in March 2023. The next step is for the European Parliament and Council to adopt their negotiating positions ahead of trilogue negotiations


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures for a high level of public sector interoperability across the Union (interoperable Europe act)
Committee responsible:Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)COM(2022) 720
Rapporteur:Ivars Ijabs (Renew Europe, Latvia)2022/0379(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Gheorghe Falcă (EPP, Romania)
Josianne Cutajar (S&D, Malta)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing
– formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Committee vote on draft report
EU Legislation in progress timeline

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