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The Future Internet Forum

The Future Internet is not just about mastering the technology - but about working together. The Future Internet Forum provides a way to do that.


1. The Future Internet Forum (FIF) is composed of representatives of the Member or Associated States' initiatives and activities on the Future Internet. It consists of either high-level officials from the competent ministries, or experts from public or private institutions mandated specifically to represent national Future Internet (FI) initiatives.

2. The FIF is an informal group to allow Member and Associated States to:

• share knowledge, experience and best practices,

• identify key national actors, activities and institutions,

• devise common approaches and complementarities between the various frameworks.

3. The Forum will bring together the Member and Associated States having a running or planned Future Internet national initiative. Any Member or Associated State can join the forum at any time.

4. The FIF will endeavour to ensure that any developing R&D strategy is consistent with or complementary to existing and planned relevant national R&D and innovation strategies, which could be funding and driving developments at a national level.

5. The focus of the FIF is on R&D and innovation policies related to the Future Internet. In this respect, its role and responsibilities are complementary to existing groups and forums such as the FP7 ICT Committee (ICTC), the FP7 IST Advisory Group (ISTAG), the CIP-PCP Committee, the i2010 High Level Group, etc, with which the FIF will strive to promote collaboration and exchange of information regularly.

6. The FIF does not replace existing channels and groups foreseen in the legal framework for expressing official Member and Associated States positions at EU level related to R&D and innovation policies.

7. The FIF will meet twice a year, possibly in the context of European Future Internet Assembly conferences.

8. The European Commission will act as a facilitator of the Forum and will provide organisational support, including paying travel and subsistence fees, when required.

Detailed objectives

• Share knowledge and experience about on-going national initiatives, e.g. national Future internet programme descriptions, planning, project and consortia descriptions, strategic positioning, etc.;

• Assess the current European Future Internet state of development and progress towards a stronger European footprint in the global context;

• Support a coordinated and coherent approach to the development, deployment and support of FI technologies and services;

• Provide input to the strategic direction for the Future Internet, elaborating priorities with European added value, propose concrete measures to enhance Europe’s competitiveness (e.g. identifying common Future Internet application and service drivers, promoting FI R&D and innovation, encouraging procurement of R&D services, fostering the emergence of lead markets, etc.), and identifying needs and opportunities for the post-downturn economy;

• Make recommendations regarding priorities and resource requirements to ensure that European Future Internet efforts are well placed to take advantage of innovations and best practices;

• Enable appropriate communication and consultation within the wider Future Internet community as appropriate;

• Share information on key support/test infrastructures of European relevance, including information on national, regional and local investments in experimental facilities and test beds, infrastructures for innovation, etc.

• Identify major application and services drivers and requirements of interest to Member and Associated States, including specific needs for interoperability with national regulations, customisation to regional and local environments, demand for skills, support to education and training, etc.

• Discuss FI related topics in relation to the FP7 ICT Work programme and provide joint inputs to the Commission by the end of 2009.

• Report progress regularly to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee and the National ICT Research Directors;

• Contribute to a publication summarising Member and Associated States FI initiatives and activities;

• Encourage the establishment of permanent National Future Internet Forums as the key actors holding, driving and interconnecting Future Internet-related activities at national level and as main interface with the EU and the FIF.


Progressing towards a common Future Internet (FI) requires not only mastering core technological developments, but also networking between knowledge, people, skills, and users within Europe, taking into account the particular strengths and ambitions of different countries.

There is an untapped opportunity to use European-level initiatives to leverage, apply and deploy the Future Internet; and to investigate federating instruments - such as ERA-NET, Public-Private Partnerships and the Knowledge and Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

At the ICT 2008 Event in Lyons, France, national ICT Directors asked the European Commission to create a "Future Internet Forum" (FIF), where Member and Associated States could share best practices and experiences, overcome fragmentation of efforts, and find synergies across the programmes and initiatives funded by the EU and nationally.

The first FIF meeting took place in Prague on 12 May 2009, in the context of the Future Internet Assembly. 20 countries around the table took the first steps towards building a common European strategy on the Future Internet.


10th meeting
Dublin - 8-9 May 2013

9th meeting
Warsaw - 26-27 September 2013

Useful links


BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications)


Last updated on 27/02/2015 - 17:24