This weeks' Communication on 'European Standards for the 21st Century' once again, in the area of ICT, emphasises the importance not only of 'open standards', but also of the need for Standards to be 'more responsive to policy needs, agile, open, more strongly linked to research and innovation, better joined up, and thus that they ultimately have more impact for the wider European economy as it transforms into a digital one'.
It is fundamental that those standards can equally be implemented in the public sector in a cohesive, connected manner. The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) has never been more critical for the success of a Digital Single Market. But does the last proposed revision, now out for consultation until end of June, meet that need?
Will it provide a basis for pan-European interoperability, while supporting national frameworks with the right degree of direction and guidance? Does it support Government Clouds? Is it a basis to increase SMEs' competitiveness? And will Member States update their own frameworks to reflect or align to the new EIF?
The initial feedback is mixed.
With the support of DG DIGIT, we have arranged a special Round Table on 8th June, specifically inviting Member State Government representatives sitting on the ISA2 Executive Committee, European Commission policy makers, the industry and the open community, to come together to debate the core topics and issues raised above.
Our panel will cover these issues and more, in a discussion moderated by Graham Taylor, CEO of OpenForum Europe. The event will be followed by a reception.