This is a public page briefly presenting our EU MSP involvement.
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After several years of negotiations involving W3C staff, the Reform
the European standardisation system by the Council of the European
Union (2012) now allows civil servants to use and refer to specifications
from open standard consortia such as W3C, IETF, IEEE, and OASIS in
situations involving public funds,
The Multistakeholder Platform (MSP) was set up as part of the reform to advise the Commission on its ICT Standardization work program. It's an expert group composed of EU member states, standards setting organisations and Fora and Consortia representatives, and it is co-chaired by DG CONNECT (unit F2) and DG ENTR.
One its main job is to identify which Fora/Consortia technical specifications in the field of ICT should be referencable in public procurement and policies.
Rigo Wenning (primary) and Daniel Dardailler are the W3C delegates in this group.
In 2013, the MSP has started collecting input about technical
specifications fulfilling the reform criteria, and we have submitted a
basic XML stack of technologies for official recognition (7 RECs: XML
1.0.5, xml id, namespace, infoset, base, style, xinclude). We are also
hosting and actively participating in the discussion list for the upcoming
ICT Standardization Rolling Plan, an important document listing technology
areas where the EC will most probably need new standards in the coming
This Rolling Plan for ICT Standardization identifies EU policy priorities where ICT standardisation and ICT standards should be considered as part of policy making. The Rolling Plan is a strategic document focusing on the support that standards or technical specifications, can provide in the context of EU policy priorities.
The Rolling Plan looks at the standardisation landscape in relation to
the EU policy priorities. It identifies possible areas for action and may
go into suggesting a plan or roadmap regarding effective standardisation
In its May 2013 version, the Rolling
Plan lists the following areas where the Commission currently
requires ICT standardisation actions, and where the advice of the MSP is
These policy areas are grouped in four clusters:
In a separate page (W3C member-only), we detail how and where W3C's standardization activities (current and foreseen) match this Rolling Plan.