The Business Registers (BRs) are the first, necessary points of contact that companies have with the public administrations. As such, the BRs are obviously instrumental in implementing EU Company Law. The BRs, in an enlarged EU where companies will move freely, need to interact across borders, to exchange company registration information and to do so despite possible administrative, technical, cultural and language barriers. To be effective, each BR needs to be able to interact with all other European BRs, and to interpret company registration information coming from all the other countries. Eventually, all BRs need to integrate their operational processes and systems so as to perform efficiently.
BRITE has advanced cross-border BR interoperability at all levels: organisational, technical, and semantic. It also has increased interoperability across "domains", i.e. interoperability between the BRs and the public agencies that operate in the selected sub-domains of e-Government.
At the trans-national level, the European BRs have been collaborating since the early nineties, having established the European Business Register, a network that allows the public to securely access through the Internet the company data stored in the participating BRs, using a multi-language user interface. Before BRITE, however, there was no ICT instrument capable of effectively managing the duality of trans-national laws and national laws that interplay in the implementation of European legislation and other cross-border initiatives. Nor was there an instrument capable of efficiently accommodating the broad spectrum of cross-border services, across a number of domains, in which the Business Registers of Europe could make a critical contribution that is highly customizable yet flexible and extensible; an instrument that includes mechanisms for creating, designing, and implementing high-value e-Government scenarios enabled by the Business Registers of Europe.
ADOBE Sytems Software Ireland Limited, Bolagsverket, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agrocoltura Venezia, Companies Registration Office, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Enterprise Registry Solutions Limited, Erhvervs og Selskabsstyrelsen, European Corporate Governance Iinstitute AISBL, Ilustre Colegio Nacional de Registradores de la Propiedad de Espana, Infocamere - Societa Consortile di Informatica delle Camere di Commercio, Italiane per Azioni, Metaware Societa per Azioni, Registerenheten i Bronnoysund, Software AG, TB-Solutions Technologies Software Socieda Limitada, Universiteit Gent, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Universita di Pisa