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Title: IMI


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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
2
Why do we need an Internal Market Information
system?
  • 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

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Why does administrative cooperation not work as
it should?
  • 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)

4
How information systems help to solve the problem
  • Agreed rules built into the information system
  • The process takes place at operational level and
    is thus de-dramatized
  • MS have a clearly identified interlocutor in
    another MS

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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

6
What is the articulation between IMI and specific
directives?
  • 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

7
The IMI system Horizontal and vertical
applications
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Administrative cooperation The legal obligations
  • IMI does not impose additional obligations on
    Member 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

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The IMI system Basic features
  • Find partner authority in another Member State
  • Select from list of questions based on
    legislative provisions
  • Target deadline for reply
  • Automatic email alerts
  • 23 languages

10
The IMI system Additional features
  • Attach documents or images electronically
  • 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

11
Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves as
they wish
12
Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves as
they wish
13
Flexibility for MSs to organise themselves as
they wish
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Organisation of Competent Authoritiesand
monitoring the exchange of informationin IMI

15
Obligatory entities in IMI Competent
Authorities National IMI Coordinator
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What can a Competent Authority do in IMI?
  • Competent Authorities registered in IMI can
  • find their relevant interlocutor in another
    Member State
  • exchange information with them within the system

17
Why do we need aNational 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

18
Basic model with obligatory entities of IMI(CAs
and a NIMIC)
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Optional entities in IMI Delegated IMI
Coordinators
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Why have Delegated IMI Coordinators?
  • 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

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Coordination of Competent Authorities in IMI
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MS can choose how coordination is organised
  • 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)

23
Model with DIMIC organisation by legislative
area Hypothetical example (Austria)
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Model with DIMIC organisation by geographical
area Hypothetical example (Austria)
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IMI project
  • Feasibility stage completed
  • 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

26
The flow of a request in IMI
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Example of an Information exchange 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
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The Requesting Competent Authority enters data
about the professional
29
The Requesting Competent Authority selects the
questions it wants to ask How to select them?
30
Question selection Displayingthe subsections
in the Question Set
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Question selection Displayingthe full list of
questions
32
Question selection Displayingonly the relevant
part of the Question Set
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Question selection Displayingonly the relevant
part of the Question Set
34
Question selection Displayingonly the relevant
part of the Question Set
35
Question selection Search for questionsusing a
keyword (training)
36
Question selection Search for questionsusing a
keyword (training)
37
Question selection Search for questions using a
combination of keywords (training duration)
38
The Requesting Competent Authority selects the
questions it wants to ask
39
The Requesting Competent Authority decides to
send the request
40
Request sent
41
The Responding CA checks the received request and
decides to accept it
42
Request accepted
43
After acceptance the Responding CAcan see full
details of the request
44
The Responding CA can also check the part of the
directive to which a question refers
45
The Responding Competent Authority provides the
information requested
46
Information provided
47
The Requesting Competent Authority checks and
accepts the provided information
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Provided information accepted
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Data protection in IMI
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Personal data processed in IMI
  • Two different sets of personal data to be
    processed
  • personal data relating to the staff in Competent
    Authorities themselves (including NIMICs and
    DIMICs)
  • personal data of the migrant service provider

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Processing of personal data
Most personal data processing actstake place in
the IMI system
  • either in order to populate the system with
    information about Competent Authorities
  • or during information exchanges between Competent
    Authorities

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General rules for data processing
  • Personal data must be processed fairly and
    lawfully
  • Personal data may only be processed
  • when the aim of the information exchange is
    lawful
  • and the system procedures respect the legal
    requirements

53
Protection of IMI datafrom unauthorized access
Within the system data is protected in a number
of ways
  • No access to IMI for unauthorized users
  • 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

54
Roadmap for Implementation
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IMI ROADMAP FOR IMPLEMENTATION
  • 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

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THE IMI SYSTEM
TRANSLATIONS
SOFTWARE
COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA
QUESTION SETS
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THE IMI SYSTEM - SOFTWARE
SOFTWARE
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SOFTWARE (1)
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

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SOFTWARE (2)
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

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SOFTWARE (3)
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)

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THE IMI SYSTEMQUESTION SETS
QUESTION SETS
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QUESTION SETS (1)
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

63
QUESTION SETS (2)
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

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THE IMI SYSTEM - TRANSLATIONS
TRANSLATIONS
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TRANSLATIONS (1)
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
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THE IMI SYSTEM
COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA
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COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (1)
TRAINING OF NIMICs/DIMICs
  • DG MARKT will train National and Delegated IMI
    Coordinators in how to register Competent
    Authorities in IMI
  • (23-25 October 2007)

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COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (2)
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

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COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (3)
TRAINING OF IMI SUPER-USERs
  • DG MARKT will train super-users from Member
    States in all IMI system functions
  • (13-15 November 2007)

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COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA (4)
TRAINING OF COMPETENT AUTHORITIES
  • Each Member State (super-user) to train its
    Competent Authorities in how to exchange requests
    in IMI
  • (November 2007 gt)
  • Commission may be able to travel to MS to
    participate if requested

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COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA
HELP FACILITY
  • Each NIMIC to provide IMI Help facility for its
    Member State
  • DG MARKT to provide a central helpdesk for IMI
    queries

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THE IMI SYSTEM
TRANSLATIONS
SOFTWARE
COMPETENT AUTHORITY DATA
QUESTION SETS
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THE IMI SYSTEM
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 -gt)

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  • For further information or questions please
    contact the following e-mail address
  • markt-imi_at_ec.europa.eu
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