IMI is an IT-based information network that links up national, regional and local authorities throughout the European Economic Area. It enables competent authorities in specific policy areas to communicate quickly and easily with their counterparts in other Member States.
IMI cannot be used by consumers or businesses.
IMI launched in 2008 and is currently being used for administrative cooperation under the following EU acts;
- The Services Directive
- The Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications
- The Cash in Transit Regulation
- The Recommendation on SOLVIT
It is planned that IMI will expand into new legal areas such as train driving licences, public procurement, the return of cultural objects and enforcement of the posting of workers.
Further information about the IMI system can be found at the IMI website.