|Business Register Interoperability
Throughout Europe, an Integrated Project (IP) funded by the
European Commission, DG Information Society & Media, officially
started on 1st March 2006. This 36 month project, involving
a consortium of 19 organisations including European Business
Registers & Chambers of Commerce, IT Companies, Universities
and SMEs, ambitiously aims to develop, implement and demonstrate
an advanced, innovative interoperability model, ICT service
platform and management instrument for Business Registers
(BRs) to interact across the EU
The EC has adopted a fully integrated approach in the legislation
designed to achieve this: regulations to promote transparent
financial markets, to facilitate free movement of companies
and services, to prevent financial crime and money-laundering
are examples of coordinated laws impacting several administrative
domains. To implement, enforce, amend and maintain these laws
in respect of the declared objective will require an unprecedented
degree of cross-border and cross-domain interoperability of
systems, services and organisations, both public and private.
BRITE will undertake research in knowledge management,
will implement and demonstrate novel ICT engineering and
will establish a new European cooperation instrument so
that public bodies can effectively respond to the changes
imposed on them by the new EU laws and new market requirements.
The Business Registers are amongst those public operators
most deeply affected by EU Company Law; they represent an
enormous potential asset and catalyst for realising the
objectives of the related EU legislation. Yet, there is
still no EU-wide instrument that makes it possible to exploit
this potential by allowing them to adapt in a coordinated
manner. BRITE is an initiative that will unlock that potential.
It will allow the Business Registers of Europe to effectively
respond to legislative changes and contribute to building
up the EU market.
There is a website for the BRITE project at http://www.briteproject.net.
This gives more details about the project, its objectives,
consortium partners and latest news and events. Further information
can be obtained from the Project Co-ordinator, Vito