An EU funded pilot to facilitate the delivery of public services through cloud computing. The 1st February 2014 marked the launch of the CLIPS Project, a pilot project funded through the CIP Programme of the European Commission (contribution of 2.379.000 €, total cost 4.758.002 €), aimed at the development of a new approach to the delivery of public services through the use of cloud computing. The project brings together key stakeholders from across the EU including Public Authorities, Citizens and Business to develop a dedicated framework for cloud based public services which seeks to overcome some of the major issues that have so far prevented the full adoption of the cloud within the public sector notably in architecture, design and security.

Through the delivery of five pilots in five cities: Bremerhaven (DE), Lecce (IT), Novi Sad (RS), Santander (ES) and Stockport (UK), the project will seek to demonstrate how cloud based services can be used to facilitate the fictional scenario of a family moving from one member state to another and the typical complexities that such a move could entail. It will take into account administrative requirements such as registering for local taxes or providing access to utilities through the use of a dedicated cloud based infrastructure.

At the end of the 30 month pilot project, the 12 partners hope to deliver a common platform, transferable methodology and associated business model that will facilitate increased adoption of cloud based public services throughout the EU. It will also seek to identify and address key policy and ethical constraints that could impact the replication of the final solution. If successful, this project offers a step forward for EU cloud capabilities with significant benefits not only for Public organisations at a National and Regional level but also for SME’s and citizens alike.