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EEC Council approved a comprehensive technical audit of the EAEU Integrated Information System

EEC Council approved a comprehensive technical audit of the EAEU Integrated Information System

9/23/2020
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has adopted a disposition on launching a comprehensive technical audit of the Integrated Information System (IIS), which is expected to produce a set of system modernization and expansion recommendations, and clarify the feasibility of engaging the existing tools and services in projects to advance the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)'s digital agenda until 2025. The idea behind the initiative is to elaborate some workable new approaches towards expanding and modernizing the Integrated Information System.

Gegham Vardanyan, Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies of the EEC, praised the extensive work the Union countries and the Commission have completed to establish and expand the system. However, the project appears to have slowed down in recent years.  Recalling that the average life-cycle of industrial IT solutions is five years, a comprehensive audit of the system's current state is necessary, in order to shape some new approaches for modernizing and expanding the IIS.

"A comprehensive technical audit is to include a range of activities such as technical support review, legal framework analysis, elaborating some new project management approaches fitting for a vast and complex interstate project such as this one, and considering the Union's strategic directions that define the expansion of the IIS," mentioned Gegham Vardanyan.

Pursuant to its decision, the EEC is set to arrange a competitive tender to name its contractor for the IIS comprehensive technical audit. Organizations from all Union participating countries are welcome to compete.

The disposition envisages that the findings of the IIS comprehensive technical audit, including its expansion and modernization recommendations, are to be submitted to the Commission's Board by the end of Q1 2021, followed by a full project outputs report to the EEC Council.

For reference

 The Integrated Information System (IIS) is a geo-distributed IT system supporting informational interoperation to advance the common work processes, as well as interstate data sharing, electronic document flows, and operation of the Union's governing bodies. The project's idea goes as far back as 2009.  In the relevant decision of the Customs Union's Commission dated October 21, 2009, the system was referred to as "Integrated Information System for External and Mutual Trade of the Customs Union (IIS EMT).  In 2014, the Treaty on the Union stated that extension of the IIS EMT's functional capabilities provides a basis for the effort to create, launch and expand the Union's Integrated Information System, which would see more than 80 common processes automated between the designated authorities of the Union States.  Yet, only 19 common processes have been automated in six years.​