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‘Cloud for Europe’ launches amidst calls for single European cloud market

Business Cloud - Cloud for Europe (C4E), a European Commission-funded project aiming to give European public authorities a standard procurement framework for buying cloud services launched in Berlin Friday. Head of the European digital agenda Neelie Kroes said the project marks a significant step towards achieving a single European market for cloud computing.

C4E’s goal is to provide a “clear view on the public sector requirements and usage scenarios for cloud computing,” and the project stakeholders say the group will help give public sector procurers insight into technical standards relevant to cloud, key security standards, performance requirements, and data protection aspects relevant for all kinds of public sector projects.

The group will also work to identify cultural and technical obstacles preventing the use of cloud computing in the public sector, and help define services and approaches to overcome these obstacles.