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Action 56: Member States to Engage in large-scale pilots financed by the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme

The action aims at Member States to engage in large scale pilots to test and develop innovative and interoperable solutions in areas of public interest.

Eight large scale pilots involving Member States launched based on the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme have been launched and the action is now completed.

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 has the Commission done so far?

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.

In 2013:

The Work Programme 2013 of the ICT Policy Support Programme under the CIP supported:

  • The further aggregation of cultural content and its availability through Europeana;
  • The experimentation of Open data related to Geographic Information;
  • All the objectives proposed under the Theme "ICT for health, ageing well and inclusion" was 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.

In 2014:

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

  • Horizon 2020 was adopted on 3 December 2013 by the Council. H2020 includes new instruments for supporting piloting activities on a large scale and several sectors addressing different technological areas.

  • 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.


Progress Report
Status: Completed Morten MOLLER Morten MOLLER