The European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT standardisation was set up following a European Commission decision to advise on matters related to the implementation of ICT standardisation policies (.pdf). It deals with:
- potential future ICT standardisation needs in support of European legislation, policies and public procurement;
- technical specifications for public procurements, developed by global ICT standards-developing organisations;
- cooperation between ICT standards-setting organisations;
- the rolling plan, which provides a multi-annual overview of the needs for preliminary or complementary ICT standardisation activities in support of the EU policy activities.
The Multi-Stakeholder Platform is composed of representatives of national authorities from EU Member States & EFTA countries, European and international ICT standardisation bodies, and stakeholder organisations that represent industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and consumers.
It is co-chaired by the European Commission Directorates General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME and Connect and meets 4 times a year.
ICT specifications ensure that products can connect and interoperate with each other, boosting innovation, and keeping ICT markets open and competitive.
The European Commission has developed a flexible approach to standardisation when identifying new ICT technical specifications.
The EU rolling plan provides an overview of preliminary and complementary ICT standardisation activities undertaken in support of EU policy activities.