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Press Release - OFE welcomes the European Commission's Cloud Computing Strategy and its focus on harnessing the buying power of the public sector

OpenForum Europe supports the European Commission's determination to make Europe 'cloud active', as outlined in Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes' speech in Davos today.

We share her view that cloud computing has the potential to be a game-changer for our economy. If properly harnessed it will boost innovation and productivity and provide benefits for businesses of all sizes as well as for individuals.

The decision to avoid building a European super-cloud is a wise one. Europe is not alone in identifying the opportunities cloud computing provides. Europe will need to co-operate with other parts of the world in what is now recognized as a global phenomenon.

OFE applauds the determination of VP Kroes to protect users in the cloud by ensuring that their data is protected, and can be freely moved from one provider to another without encountering technical obstacles. Cloud computing should be just like the Internet itself - firmly based on principles of transparency, open access and open standards.

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