The European Commission is to embark on a major new e-government programme designed to accelerate the pace of transnational e-service delivery across the EU administrations and accession states.

Inter-governmental web portals, cross-border electronic data infrastructures and further development of a pan-European interoperability framework are among the activities planned over the coming year.

The projects were announced in the 2003 Work Programme of the Interchange of Data Between Administration programme, a European Commission-driven strategic initiative that supports e-government activities and best practice exchange between EU Member States.

The new programme outlines 45 ‘Projects of Common Interest’, grouped under 12 themes, covering areas such as employment and education, agriculture and regional policy.
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