Strategy to promote cloud computing
By Manon Malhère | Thursday 12 July 2012
Stimulating the use of cloud computing by the public and private sectors in the European Union is the objective of the strategy the European Commission is set to publish in September. For its part, the Cyprus Presidency hopes to work out a partial compromise by the 27 on the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks (TENs, repealing Decision 1336/97/EC).
In its cloud computing strategy, the Commission will propose measures in all the areas impacting on the development of cloud services. These enable individual users, businesses and public administrations to access and process data stored on external servers, meaning they do not have to have their own complex installations or infrastructures. The Commission is convinced that these services are a lever for substantial economic growth that is under-exploited to date.
The strategy (seen by
is expected to list different actions to develop a legal framework that fosters the development of these services (data protection, security, suppliers’ liability or use of digital content in the framework of cloud computing services). Measures to promote standardisation and interoperability will be recommended, along with the creation of a European private-public cloud partnership to harmonise the procurement of cloud services by public authorities. The EU executive will insist on the importance of establishing dialogue with the United States and Japan on cloud computing issues.
The Commission is set to publish a European strategy for internet security, in which it will propose a review of the main security challenges and actions needed at European level in different areas, involving both the private and public sectors.
The Cyprus Presidency is expected to give priority to the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European telecommunications networks. This concerns financing of broadband (basic and ultra-fast) and of cross-border digital services infrastructures. The 27 have so far only held an exploratory airing of views, but Nicosia hopes to secure a partial general approach during the half-year. This text was presented simultaneously with other proposals, of which the most important was the draft regulation establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The Commission proposes a total budget of €50 billion for the CEF, of which €9.2 billion for telecommunications. The matter is now in the hands of the Council and Parliament.
Another priority is the draft directive on the re-use of public sector information (amendment of Directive 2003/98/EC), aimed at promoting genuine openness (accessibility and re-use) of such data. The Commission proposes to limit the fees charged for re-use to marginal costs. But a majority of member states are already suggesting that this measure should be made flexible to allow higher charging.
Nicosia hopes to break the deadlock on reform of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA, repeal of Regulation 460/2004), whose mandate expires in September 2013. The 27 are still split on the duration of the mandate, some backing the Commission’s proposal of five years while others support an unlimited period. Members of the EP’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) propose a seven-year mandate in their opinion on the text, adopted on 6 February.
The Presidency will steer work on the draft regulation on e-identification and e-signature, presented by the Commission on 4 June.
Nicosia hopes to break the deadlock on reform of the European Network and Information Security Agency, whose mandate expires in September 2013