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Internal Market Information (IMI) system. Brussels, 20 th June 2007 Europe a n Council of the Liberal Professions Presentation by Pamela Brumter-Coret DG MARKT Unit D3 Regulated Professions. Correct implementation of EU legislation depends on partnership and administrative cooperation

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Internal Market Information (IMI) system

Brussels, 20th June 2007

European Council of the Liberal Professions

Presentation by Pamela Brumter-CoretDG MARKT Unit D3 Regulated Professions


Correct implementation of EU legislation depends on partnership and administrative cooperation

Internal Market is administered at local, regional and national level

Administrative cooperation needs support especially in an EU of 27 MS

Legal requirement of the Services Directive

Why do we need an Internal Market Information system?


Administrative cooperation between MS needs support because of:- different languages- no clearly identified partners- different administrative cultures

- different administrative structures

- lack of agreed procedures- 351 bilateral relationships to manage

(105 in EU15)

Why does administrative cooperation not work as it should?


Agreed rules built into the information system of:

The process takes place at operational level and is thus de-dramatized

MS have a clearly identified interlocutor in another MS

How information systems help to solve the problem


Exchange of information speeded up so that complex problems can be dealt with in a reasonable time period

Language problems reduced by structuring and translating in advance

MS manage a single relationship with a network instead of 26 separate bilateral relationships

How information systems help to solve the problem


IMI will be a general system providing services useful to Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

IMI will also include computer applications specific to a particular area such as Services or Professional Qualifications

IMI will be a single system to support several pieces of internal market legislation and avoid proliferation of information systems

What is the articulation between IMI and specific directives?


The IMI system Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

Horizontal and vertical applications


IMI does not impose additional obligations on Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subjectMember States beyond those already contained in internal market legislation

Revised Directive on Professional Qualifications (2005/36/EC)

Article 8 - Administrative cooperation

Article 50 - Documentation and formalities

Article 56 - Competent Authorities

Services Directive (2006/123/EC)

Articles 28-36 in particular articles 34.1, 36and recital 112

Administrative cooperation

The legal obligations


Find partner authority in another Member State Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

Select from list of questions based on legislative provisions

Target deadline for reply

Automatic email alerts

23 languages

The IMI system – Basic features


Attach documents or images electronically Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

Print reports in any of the EU languages

Email national contact point, service provider or other authorities from within the application

Link additional authorities to request

Manage requests – request status, deadlines, request overview

The IMI system – Additional features


Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

as they wish


Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

as they wish


Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

as they wish


Organisation of Competent Authorities Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subjectand monitoring the exchange of informationin IMI


  • Obligatory entities in IMI: Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

    • Competent Authorities

    • National IMI Coordinator


What can a Competent Authority do in IMI? Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

  • Competent Authorities registered in IMI can:

    • find their relevant interlocutor in another Member State

    • exchange information with them within the system


Why do we need a Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subjectNational IMI Coordinator?

  • Every Member State has to have a National IMI Coordinator (NIMIC)

    • To ensure that only valid Competent Authorities are registered to use IMI

    • To act as main interlocutor with European Commission and other Member States on IMI matters

    • To ensure replies to requests from and to other Member States – escalation procedures


Basic model with obligatory entities of IMI Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject(CAs and a NIMIC)



Why have Delegated IMI Coordinators? Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

  • A MS can choose to appoint a number ofDelegated IMI Coordinators because:

    • Some MS have a federal structure

    • CAs are organised differently in different MS

    • Some MS wish to implement a centralised approach to IMI with information flowing via coordinators

    • Some MS may have a very large number of CAs


Coordination of Competent Authorities in IMI Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject


MS can choose how coordination is organised Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

  • A Delegated IMI Coordinator could be responsible for:

  • a legislative area(e.g. Professional Qualificatons)

  • a geographical area(e.g. Autonomous Community in Spain)

  • an administrative division(e.g. Ministry for Labour)

  • a combination of the above (e.g. German Land PQ)


Model with DIMIC – organisation by legislative area Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject–Hypothetical example (Austria)


Model with DIMIC – organisation by geographical area Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject–Hypothetical example (Austria)


Feasibility stage completed Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject

Development has begun

IMAC IMI Working Group

PQD IMI Group currently finalising questions

Pilot first PQD application (with 4 professions doctors, pharmacists, accountants, physiotherapists) end 2007

Services application to be ready for pilot end 2008

IMI project


The flow of a request in IMI Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject


Example of an Information exchange Member States who want to communicate with each other on any subject about Professional Qualifications:

Information exchange between Ireland and Belgium

Information request about:

Doctor / Permanent establishment

Questions related to the professional &

Questions to identify the qualification




Question selection – Displaying wants to ask – How to select themthe subsections in the Question Set


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Displayingthe full list of questions


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Displayingonlythe relevant part of the Question Set


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Displayingonlythe relevant part of the Question Set


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Displayingonlythe relevant part of the Question Set


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Search for questionsusing a keyword (training)


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Search for questionsusing a keyword (training)


Question selection wants to ask – How to select them– Search for questions using a combination of keywords (training & duration)




Request sent request


The Responding CA checks request the received request and decides to accept it



After acceptance the Responding CA requestcan see full details of the request






Provided information accepted provided information


Data protection in IMI provided information


Two different sets of personal data to be processed: provided information

personal data relating to the staff in Competent Authorities themselves (including NIMICs and DIMICs)

personal data of the migrant service provider

Personal data processed in IMI


Processing of personal data provided information

Most personal data processing actstake placein the IMI system:

  • either in order to populate the system with information about Competent Authorities

  • or during information exchanges between Competent Authorities


General rules for data processing

Personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully provided information

Personal data may only be processed:

General rules for data processing

  • when the aim of the information exchange is lawful

  • and the system procedures respect the legal requirements


No access to IMI for unauthorized users provided information

Personal data is transmitted encrypted through https protocol

IMI has a logical data partitioning: user only has access to the specific data it needs

Access to personal data is limited to the two CA involved in the exchange of information

Protection of IMI datafrom unauthorizedaccess

Within the system data is protected in a number of ways:


Roadmap for Implementation provided information


IMI – ROADMAP FOR IMPLEMENTATION provided information

  • The IMI system has a number of different components

  • There are a number of different actors (Commission and Member State level) involved in developing and implementing IMI

  • Inter-dependencies exist between the various activities and actors involved in implementation


THE IMI SYSTEM provided information

TRANSLATIONS

SOFTWARE

COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA

QUESTION SETS


THE IMI SYSTEM - SOFTWARE provided information

SOFTWARE


SOFTWARE (1) provided information

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

  • DIGIT (DG Information Technology) is the system supplier

  • Technical development of software to support all of the functionality requested by Member States

  • Creation and hosting of TEST, TRAINING and PRODUCTION IMI environments


SOFTWARE (2) provided information

SOFTWARE TESTING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • DG MARKT will test all of the features of the system

  • Test by function (CA registration, Request creation, etc.) : May – August 2007

  • Correction of problems by DIGIT


SOFTWARE (3) provided information

SOFTWARE TESTING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Verification of all system “labels” which appear on screen in the reference language (English) by DG MARKT

  • End to end acceptance test by DG MARKT (September – October 2007)


THE IMI SYSTEM–QUESTION SETS provided information

QUESTION SETS


QUESTION SETS (1) provided information

QUESTION SETS

  • Questions derived from administrative cooperation provisions of revised PQ Directive (2005/36/EC)

  • Member State PQ committee to approve questions for IMI pilot by June 2007


QUESTION SETS (2) provided information

QUESTION SETS

  • Approved questions to be registered in IMI database (showing relationships, dependencies, etc.)

  • Questions to be extracted from IMI database and sent for translation


THE IMI SYSTEM - TRANSLATIONS provided information

TRANSLATIONS


TRANSLATIONS (1) provided information

TRANSLATION INTO 23 LANGUAGES

Antrag senden

  • All translations by DG Translation (DGT)

  • All software “labels” to be translated

  • Questions derived from the PQ Directive to be translated

Enviar la peticion

Enviar pedido

Envoyer la requete

Send request

Verzend verzoek

Trasmettere la richiesta


THE IMI SYSTEM provided information

COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA


COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (1) provided information

TRAINING OF NIMIC’s/DIMIC’s

  • DG MARKT will train National and Delegated IMI Coordinators in how to register Competent Authorities in IMI

  • (23-25 October 2007)


COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (2) provided information

REGISTRATION OF COMPETENT AUTHORITIES

  • Following training, NIMICs can register DIMICs where these have been nominated

  • IMI Coordinators (NIMIC or DIMIC as appropriate) to register Competent Authorities for the 4 pilot professions

  • Short Informal Titles provided will be extracted from IMI for translation


COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (3) provided information

TRAINING OF IMI “SUPER-USERs”

  • DG MARKT will train “super-users” from Member States in all IMI system functions

  • (13-15 November 2007)


COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (4) provided information

TRAINING OF COMPETENT AUTHORITIES

  • Each Member State (“super-user”) to train its Competent Authorities in how to exchange requests in IMI

  • (November 2007 –>)

  • Commission may be able to travel to MS to participate if requested


COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA provided information

HELP FACILITY

  • Each NIMIC to provide IMI Help facility for its Member State

  • DG MARKT to provide a central helpdesk for IMI queries


THE IMI SYSTEM provided information

TRANSLATIONS

SOFTWARE

COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA

QUESTION SETS


THE IMI SYSTEM provided information

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

  • Competent Authorities for the 4 professions (Doctors, Pharmacists, Accountants and Physiotherapists) can begin to exchange information requests through the IMI system (November 2007 ->)



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