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Standards are used when implementing policies & regulations, when improving research exploitation, or when marketing international technology.

Today more and more specifications are global and are developed by industry consortia, alongside those issued by standards organizations. Standardisation brings economies of scale, and it can also nurture and protect innovation initiatives.

As part of the ICT standardisation policy a European Multi Stakeholders Platform (MSP) on ICT standardisation was setup in 2011. As part of its advisory role, the MSP sets prioirties in support of legislation and policies, identification of ICT technical specifications for use in public procurement elaborated by global ICT standards developing organisations, and stimulating a better cooperation between ICT Standards Setting Organizations.

We also provide guidance on ICT standardisation and public procurement for diminishing lock-in and improve the number of bidders to ICT call for tenders. A Communication with the Guidelines for avoiding technology lock-ins by using standards in public procurement was published on 25th June 2013. This will be followed up by a service contract organising best practices and dissemination through workshops.

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