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Council adopts Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA) programme

The IDA (Interchange of Data between Administrations) programme was formally adopted by the Industry Council on 6 November 1995. The primary objective of this three-year programme (1995-1997), which was identified as a key priority in the Bangemann Report on the Global Informa...
The IDA (Interchange of Data between Administrations) programme was formally adopted by the Industry Council on 6 November 1995. The primary objective of this three-year programme (1995-1997), which was identified as a key priority in the Bangemann Report on the Global Information Society, is to boost the efficiency of the internal market by allowing administrations to exchange essential information via interoperable telematics networks.

The programme, which is managed by DG III of the European Commission, is aimed at coordinating the development and implementation of telematics applications and services that enable national and European level administrations to transfer information on such areas as healthcare, social security and employment services as well as on public procurement, trademarks, and customs. In this context it will also examine many of the remaining legal and technical obstacles in this area, including:

- Data protection;
- Authentication of users;
- Legal status of electronically transmitted information.

Commenting on the adoption of the IDA programme, Commissioner Martin Bangemann noted that "In order to fully realize the Internal Market, with its requirement for the free movement of goods, capital, services and citizens throughout the Member States, it is vital that national and European level administrations are able to transfer the supporting information. The adoption of the IDA Programme represents a significant advance towards the Information Society."

The Council Decision on a Community contribution for telematic interchange of data between administrations in the Community (OJ No L 269 of 11.11.1995) sets out a list of projects for which the need for Community support has been recognized. These include:

- Practical introduction of electronic mail on the basis of X.400;
- Improvement in the telematic interchange of data among Member States and the Community institutions;
- Facilitating the Community decision-making process, mainly through the communication and management of official documents;
- Progress in the field of the following horizontal activities:
. Provision of generic services such as message transfer, file transfer and database access;
. Data structure and reference model involving definition of common architecture rules, standardization activities and practical implementation, in particular National Service Pilot Projects (NSPP);
. Legal and contractual framework and quality control;

- Support for preparatory measures for telematic interchange of data for the European Environmental Agency, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products, the European Monitoring Centre on Drug and Drug Addiction and the European Union's Translation Centre;

- Practical implementation of sectoral projects in the areas of: customs and taxes, fisheries, agriculture, social security, public procurement, health, statistics, commercial policy, competition policy, and culture.

The budget allocated for the implementation of the IDA programme in 1995 and 1996 is ECU 60 million. The budget for 1997 will be adopted by the Council following submission of the mid-term evaluation of the programme, no later than 30 September 1996.

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