From today, some of the most widely-used ICT technical specifications (like XML and IPv6) can now be used by public procurers across Europe, according to a Commission decision adopted today.
This initial step represents a major advantage for EU businesses and public sector procurers as it gives a wider choice of technical specifications that can be used when procuring hardware, software and information technology products and services.
This identification introduces a new working method: global key players in ICT standardisation - represented in the Multi-stakeholder Platform - work together with the Commission with the aim to encourage competition in the supply of interoperable ICT solutions and ultimately to help avoid public administrations getting locked-in to particular providers. Working with the European multi-stakeholder Platform on ICT standardisation, the Commission has identified an initial set of the six most relevant and widely accepted ICT technical specifications that could be referenced in public procurement.
These ICT technical specifications were developed by global fora/consortia and can be used in addition to those developed by European, international or national standard developing organisations, as all have demonstrated compliance with the required EU principles of openness, fairness, objectivity and non-discrimination. It is a further step towards the modernisation of the European standardisation system, while still guaranteeing adequate transparency and openness. Additional common ICT technical specifications will be announced in the next few months.For more information and the full text of the Commission Decision: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/ict/standards/index_en.htm