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Member States to make eGovernment services fully interoperable

Indicator Status Evidence
Does the Member State have a National Interoperability Framework? Yes At the national level, this framework’s called “BELGIF” (BELgium Government Interoperability Framework), available for consultation at http://www.belgif.be/index.php/Accueil
Have public administrations aligned their national interoperability frameworks with the European Interoperability Framework? Yes http://www.belgif.be/index.php/Main_Page : “…It is a result of the collaboration between several belgian institutionnal levels and is compatible with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF).”
Does the NIF take into account the European dimension of public service delivery? Yes See information on : http://www.belgif.be/index.php/Main_Page
Is IPv6 supported? No In Belgium, the deployment of IPv6 is still limited. No public entity currently offers applications compatible with IPv6, but most have plans to offer IPv6 Web sites or applications. However all public entities integrate IPv6, at least with respect to the security aspects, in the specifications for the purchase of equipment and services. At government level, questions remain especially in terms of safety, performance and experience. A small test environment is in place, and at the network-level the FEDMAN high-speed network has been IPv6-enabled since 2009. However, not all components in the security and applications are IPv6- capable (yet). IPv6 at these levels will be supported in the near future. In addition, the majority of private operators do not intend to move to IPv6 within three years. A small number of private operators has implemented the transition to IPv6. Some are planning to do so in the coming years. Some have not yet established migration plans. The widespread use of technology shared IPv4 addresses may be an obstacle to the transition to IPv6. As regards the compatibility of websites, Belgium is not too badly placed in comparison with its European neighbors, although the percentages are low, with 20% in August 2011. With regard to online services, a limited number of Belgian ISPs currently offer IPv6 but the administration may call BELNET, the Belgian national research network that provides high-bandwidth internet connection and services to Belgian universities research centers and government departments. Regarding Access at home, Belgium also faces a delay. Belgium has recently adopted a strategic plan for the deployment of the new protocol. In 2011, Belgium was the tenth country in the world in terms of allocation of IPv6 addresses. Decision of the Council of Ministers (2012/06/22) to support IPv6 for services provided by the Federal Public Services, within two years (http://www.presscenter.org/nl/pressrelease/20120622/strategisch-plan-voor-de-invoering-van-ipv6-in-belgi%C3%AB). A newsletter has been published on Fedict’s website, there is an IPv6 working group within the FPS Economy encompassing major stakeholders (government, privacy commission, federal computer crime unit, telecom regulator) Fedict contributed an IPv6-patch for Aegir hostmaster system (http://drupal.org/node/1334210)

Best Practice Case

Since 2011 a working group composed of the key federal public stakeholders has been set up to examine issues related to the new IPv6 protocol and make recommendations to the Government. This led to the adoption by the government of a series of recommendations aimed at accelerating the transition to IPv6. The objective of these measures is to support the transition to IPv6 by public and private actors through targeted, non-binding actions. In addition, a working group has been established to find a solution to legal interception issues and IPv4 shared addresses.

Other initiatives:

The public services are encouraged to add an IPv6-clause to all new contracts / public tenders, and to ask their suppliers what the status of IPv6-support is for existing services / products.

External contribution

External contributions are more than welcome. If you would like to share with us a country, regional or local-level initiative relevant for this DAE action, you can do it via the online form.