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EC postpones its guideline on ICT standardisation and procurement

Joinup - The European Commission will postpone until early next year the publication of its guideline on how to make best use of ICT standards in tender specifications. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, in a video speech on Friday said that the guideline should ensure that public authorities get the most value from open source and open standards. "And also that open source suppliers can compete fairly in tenders."

The guideline is one of the actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The draft was published almost exactly one year ago, following an EC workshop on ICT procurement.

The draft warns that choosing standards is complex and public administrations should be aware. For instance, the draft begins: "Whilst standards that are set through formal standard setting organisations go through a formal development process, they may still contain barriers to implementation by all interested parties, or may not be widely implemented by the market."

This 'Communication on standardisation and public procurement' was originally planned to be adopted this year. However, in a message posted on Twitter on Friday, Carl-Christian Buhr, member of the cabinet of Kroes, said the planning "looks challenging" and may slip to early 2013.