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Brussels to set up security, business networks in push for European cloud

Euractiv - The Commission is setting up new expert groups to advise on security and business related-issues to accelerate the establishment of a unique "European cloud" capable of challenging global rivals in a sector where the EU has been lagging behind.

Yesterday (28 October), the EU executive announced the formation of an expert group to work on safe and fair terms for cloud computing contracts, to identify best options for consumers and small companies, often reluctant to purchase cloud computing services because contracts are unclear.

The Expert Group is part of the Commission’s push to enhance trust in cloud computing services and unlock their potential for boosting economic productivity in Europe. The group will be drawn from academics, lawyers, and consumers and providers of cloud computing services.

It is one of the key actions under the Commission's Cloud Computing Strategy, which was adopted last year (IP/12/1025, MEMO/12/713) and is meant to tackle cloud-related issues.