Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Trusted Cloud Europe Survey Discussion Group


Trusted Cloud Europe has been prepared by the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) Steering Board to propose a set of ideas on how Europe can help public and private organisations use, buy and sell cloud services in a safe and trusted environment. Trusted Cloud Europe has been published on Friday 21 March 2014 and it includes recommendations for the adoption of common cloud computing approaches in the context of a single market.
Current and future users and providers of cloud computing services as well as other interested parties are invited to comment on the ECP's ideas by taking part in a survey.

Responses to this survey will inform the European Commission's future actions int he area of cloud computing.
What can be done to establish Europe as a trusted region for cloud computing? Does "Trusted Cloud Europe" propose the right approach to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing throughout the European economy? Are there any important actions missing?
Share your opinion on Trusted Cloud Europe and discuss with others until Friday 2 May 2014.
Please, focus your comments on Trusted Cloud Europe so that the Commission can include them in its policy considerations.


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Building Consensus

The report states the following: "Consultations and workshops need to target non-legislative regulators, supervisory bodies, professional bodies and trade associations… cloud users, including citizens, SMEs and larger businesses… Member States." What do you think?

Adherence to Best Practices

The report states the following: "The Steering Board furthermore encourages the EU, Member States and cloud industry to seek out opportunities to support adherence to best practices (including both self-declarations of compliance and third party certification), and to promote the use and value of appropriate certification schemes.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (as users and suppliers)

The report states the following: "Facilitating the cross-border recognition of these best practices. Adherence to these best practices should be verifiable and auditable without extensive case-by-case checks, since ad-hoc checks are not always financially or operationally viable, especially for citizens or SMEs that lack the know-how and economic resources to conduct such checks.

Data Location Restrictions

The report states the following: "Reduction of data location restrictions: Member State practices and in some instances national laws restrict the possibility of storage and processing of certain data (especially public sector data) outside their territory. If common requirements can be found for similar use cases, Member States can choose to gradually phase out data location restrictions when they are deemed unnecessary.

Cloud-Active Procurement Policy

The report states the following: "…consultations and workshops should help citizens, businesses and Member States to build a consensus on their challenges, as dictated by their individual interests and backgrounds, and to seek common solutions, building on best practices in the cloud market. An example of the latter are cloud-active procurement policies which have been adopted by some Member States.

Procurement Practices

The report states the following: "Alignment of procurement rules and practices: Procurement rules in some Member States can make it difficult to sell cloud solutions to the public sector. This is burdensome to public administrations, which can be barred from technologically and economically advantageous solutions, but also for cloud providers, who are faced with different requirements from country to country.