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Digital Agenda: New EU cloud computing board agreed

Tuesday November 20th, 2012

The Steering Board of the new European Cloud Partnership (ECP) have kicked-off a process where public authorities and industry work together to help building the EU Digital Single Market for cloud computing pursuant to the European Cloud Computing Strategy.

During a meeting in Brussels it was agreed that the ECP will aim the leveraging of the public sector’s buying power to shape the growing and maturing market for cloud computing services.

Chaired by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, the board brings together tech Chief Executive Officers and government representatives with responsibility for IT procurement. The board will deliver strategic advice to Vice President Kroes.

Under the guidance of its Steering Board, the ECP will bring together public authorities and industry consortia to implement pre-commercial procurement actions for public sector cloud computing. The ECP will develop common cloud computing procurement requirements for use by Member States and public authorities throughout the EU.

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, said: “I need this top-level input so that all of Europe can see the full benefits of cloud computing, and quickly. President Ilves and all Board members are going to give no-nonsense, action-oriented advice to get the European Cloud Partnership moving.”

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