Council common position on the draft IEA
On 6 October 2023, the Member States reached a common position on the draft Interoperable Europe Act. The Council’s text amends various parts of the Commission’s proposal. The main changes include:
- a clearer definition of the scope of the proposed legislation
- clarifications concerning the objectives and the conditions of the mandatory interoperability assessment with a view to complying with the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity
- alignment with the artificial intelligence act (AIA) with respect to regulatory sandboxes and consistency with the general data protection regulation (GDPR)
- a stronger role for the Interoperable Europe Board, which stands at the core of the new governance structure set up by the regulation.
The Council, in its position, put forward a number of amendments to the original text also inspired by the CoR opinion, in particular:
• Financial support opportunities to assist the implementation of interoperability solutions within Policy implementation support projects – exact wording;
• List of training initiatives to be supported by the Act – exact wording (including from the RegHub consultation);
• The role of the Interoperable Europe Board to also inform on relevant EU-funded projects and networks – exact wording;
• Proportionality in the approach to conduct interoperability assessments - key message taken up;
• The role of the Interoperable Europe Board to propose to the Commission Policy implementation support projects, including funding support – key message taken up.