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Assessment of ICT implications of EU legislation


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The implementation of most new EU legislation is supported by IT systems. This can be e.g. for the exchange of information between competent authorities across borders or for the direct delivery of online public services to businesses and citizens.

A key for successful implementation of legislation is user-friendliness of all ICT components involved as well as accessibility and interoperability of all related IT systems. Therefore, ICT implications of legislation need to be taken into account as early as possible in the drafting process. Early involvement of IT specialists can also ensure that already existing systems and components are identified and re-used as much as possible to cut down costs and time of development.  

Last update: May 2010 

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Technical Functionalities and approach
Potential Beneficiaries/ Benefits for the sector
Benefits for MS administrations
Benefits for citizens/enterprises
The role of IDABC
Key data

To assure that ICT implications are properly taken into account in the future, the Commission has developed a coordinated, consistent approach regarding the assessment of the ICT implications, which can be used both at EU level and in the Member States.

The assessment is recommended to be done at the (early) writing stage of legislation in the form of a moderated workshop, involving all responsible policy makers, lawyers and ICT specialists. The process is expected to require some 2-3 meetings of all involved parties, depending on the complexity of ICT implications and on the level of dependence on ICT solutions.



The objective is to develop a methodology/ methodologies that can be used by both Member States and the Commission, when assessing ICT implications of proposed EU legislation.

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Technical Functionalities and Approach

The project will deliver a methodology/methodologies for the assessment at EU level and at Member State level, usable for the assessment of ICT implications of EU legislation.

The measure is expected to have the following main phases:

  • A data collection phase, during which information on models, checklists and methods used in national and EU administrations as well as in industry are to be collected together with further relevant literature;
  • An analysis phase, during which the data collected are to be compared and commonalities and gaps identified;
  • A synthesis phase, during which the final methodology/ methodologies are to be developed.

Potential Beneficiaries
Benefits for the sector

The sectors will benefit from the measure that will allow them to better estimate the ICT consequences of proposed EU legislation in due time, facilitating a common understanding of related ICT issues prior to the finalisation and implementation of the proposals.

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Benefits for MS administrations

Administrations, both at EU and national level, will have a tool allowing them to better anticipate ICT implications of proposed EU legislation, facilitating a swifter and smoother implementation.

Benefits for citizens/enterprises

EU businesses and citizens will benefit indirectly by a better preparation of new EU  legislation.

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The role of IDABC

The following horizontal Pan-European eGovernment and infrastructure services will be considered:

  • ePractice.eu

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Project Status

Develop methodology/ methodologies

Indicative budget

€ 300.000

Service in charge


Responsible action manager




Countries involved

All EU Member States

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