Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation
The Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation provides a multi-annual overview of the needs for preliminary or complementary ICT standardisation activities to undertake in support of the EU policy activities. It is addressed to all ICT Stakeholders and gives a transparent view on how the policies are planned to be practically supported. It is complementary to the Annual Union Work Programme but focused on ICT and non-binding.
By contrast to the previous Work Programmes, the Rolling plan brings an enlarged vision of the activities of standard settings stakeholders, and has been prepared with the collaboration of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation.
The Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation
The new Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation is the result of a fruitful collaboration with major standardisation stakeholders via the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation.
It covers not only European norms or technical specifications but all the activities which can help standardisation. The coverage in domains has been extended to new policy areas which have recently emerged and thus were not yet addressed before. Priority is given to standardisation actions aiming at ensuring interoperability, facilitating ICT uptake in key areas. The new Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation offers much more details on the international contexts for each policy:
- Topics related to Societal Challenges: eHealth, Accessibility of ICT products and services, Web Accessibility, e-Skills and e-Learning, Emergency communications and eCall;
- Topics related to innovation for the Digital Single Market: e-Procurement, e-Invoicing, Card/Internet and Mobile payments, eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), Online Dispute Resolution (ODR);
- Sustainable Growth: Smart grids and Smart metering, Smart cities, ICT Environmental Impact, European Electronic Toll Service (EETS), Intelligent Transport System (ITS);
- Key Enablers and security: Cloud computing, (Open)Data, e-government, Electronic identification and trust services including e-Signatures, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Internet of Things (IoT), Network and Information Security (cyber-security), ePrivacy.
By contrast with the previous work programmes, the new Rolling Plan describes all the standardisation activities undertaken by Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs). This ensures an improved coherence between standardisation activities in the EU.
Finally the Rolling Plan is the first prepared with the involvement of ESOs, and other stakeholders. This improved process is a stronger guarantee that activities of standardisation supporting the EU policies in the ICT domain will be aligned.
Back in 2004, the Commission presented an analysis of the current European standardisation policy in its Communication " The role of European standardisation in the framework of European policies and legislation ", together with the Commission's staff working document on the challenges for European standardisation [216 KB] .
Since then, several work programmes were published, improving over the time the details on ICT matters
- The Action Plan for European Standardisation published by the European Commission in October 2005.
- The 2006 ICT Standardisation Work Programme complemented the Action Plan for European Standardisation of 2005 by dealing more in detail with ICT matters. The objective was to consolidate the achievements of previous initiatives (e.g. the eEurope Standardisation Action Plan) and to further promote the use of standards in support of EU policies and legislation as set out in the above mentioned Communication COM(2004) 674 .
ICT Standardisation Work Programme 2010-2013 [295 KB] (2nd update - 2012)
ICT Standardisation Work Programme 2010-2013 [188 KB] (1st update - 2011)