Analysis, Establishment, Launch and Operation of a European Catalogue of Standards for ICT Procurement

Contracting Party: The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) (with the Framework Contract for the provision of the evaluation and impact assessment services)


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The objective of the European Catalogue is to provide a one-stop-shop at the EU level to support and guide public procurers when referring to ICT standards in their call for tenders. This should help drive the adoption of European standards, while ensuring progressive convergence on the use of ICT standards by public procurers, increasing interoperability and reducing market fragmentation.

 The challenges the European Catalogue is seeking to addressing include:

  • The risk of vendor lock-in with proprietary solutions
  • A lack of interoperability of ICT solutions
  • A lack of coordination on ICT standards adoption
  • A fragmented EU market
  • A lack of clarity for industry on which standards to adopt

For the initial version of the prototype of the European Catalogue, four domains have been selected. These are:

  1. eGovernment
  2. Intelligent Transport Systems
  3. Cloud Computing
  4. Efficient use of Energy

Key Actions of the project are to analyse existing national catalogues of standards for ICT procurement, to identify and analyse current formal standards in the fours sector, on the basis of a series of specific case studies and finally, based on these analyses, to develop and propose governance and maintenance processes for a future EU Catalogue of Standards.

Expected outcome is to create a prototype of the initial Catalogue based on the four selected domains, to be hosted on Joinup.