What is the problem? More proactive action is needed to mainstream ICT

The uptake of ICT in areas of public interest requires proactive public policies. The major hurdles for the wider and better use of ICT in these areas include the unavailability of ICT-based services or products, the lack of interoperability of solutions across the Member States, and the lack of cross border initiatives or critical mass.

Why is EU action required?

· To ensure efficient uptake and best use by businesses and governments and citizens of ICT innovations. These innovations can help address some of the main challenges of our society from health to ageing, climate change, education and energy efficiency.

· To unlock business opportunities and market developments by favouring the development of EU-wide markets.

· To produce higher quality products and compete better on a global scale.

What are the Commission's plans?

The objective of large-scale pilots is to provide proof-of-concept so that ICT can be mainstreamed in our processes, products and services. ICT-based innovations will be tested in real settings to demonstrate their genuine value and prepare for their wider adoption.

What has the Commission done until now?

Following the 5th call for proposals, based on the Work Programme 2011 of the ICT Policy Support Programme under the CIP, eight on-going large scale pilots involve Member States directly. Subsequent calls have extended them to involve additional Member States. In addition, the programme continues to support Europeana and the aggregation of cultural content coming from National Libraries.

What will the Commission do?

By mid 2013

The Work Programme 2013 of the ICT Policy Support Programme under the CIP will continue to support:

  • The further aggregation of cultural content and its availability through Europeana
  • The experimentation of Open data related to Geographic Information
  • The deployment of integrated care services, addressing both health and social services
  • The deployment of telehealth services for chronic conditions management
  • The preparation of a service infrastructure at EU level, offering and maintaining key building blocks for delivering EU wide interoperable services that cut across different sectors and which are clearly anticipating the impact with respect to the Cloud Computing Strategy implementation
  • All the objectives proposed under the Theme "ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion" are inspired by extensive consultation with stakeholders, in particular Member States, via the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) and the eHealth Action Plan.

Under this theme, the CIP PSP work programme also include two objectives calling for the new PPI Pilots (Public Procurement for Innovative solutions) specifically asking public procurers to join forces and organise a joint/coordinated procurement in the eHealth and active and healthy ageing and assisted living areas.

By end 2013:

The follow-up of the ICT Policy Support Programme will be implemented through two main programmes:

  • Horizon 2020 that will cover innovation related activities in particular, through pilot actions addressing societal challenges.
  • The Commission proposals on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme will also ensure the continuation of CIP-ICT PSP actions, by proposing to support at EU level an e-services infrastructure, that will strengthen the deployment of Europeana and of other interoperable services.

In the course of 2013 the instruments used for this future steps will be defined.