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In order to harmonise interoperability practices across the Union, some EU-level regulation may be necessary. However, it must be noted that recommendations and other soft law instruments often yield better and more durable results. Therefore, the aim must be a combination of a reasonable level of regulation and soft law instruments/community-driven best practices towards an open, federated and interoperable ICT ecosystem. Interoperability with existing data infrastructures must be ensured, and existing infrastructures utilised where possible, to avoid duplicating efforts and building silos.

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