Cloud for Europe

July 01, 2013 to Nov. 30, 2016

Cloud for Europe supports public sector cloud use as collaboration between public authorities and industry. The project identifies obstacles, finds innovative solutions and builds trust in European cloud computing.

Cloud for Europe uses pre-commercial procurement as an instrument for public sector innovation. The pre-commercial procurement identifies innovative solutions for cloud services that best fit public sector needs, but also provides better information to public procurers about the potential of cloud services.

Cloud for Europe will give a clear view on the public sector requirements and usage scenarios for cloud computing. Supported by stakeholders from the public sector, industry and standardisation bodies, the main objectives of Cloud for Europe are:

  • Identifying obstacles for cloud use in the public sector
  • Defining services that overcome these obstacles
  • Procuring research from industry to find innovative solutions for cloud services

The Cloud for Europe initiative, in support of the European Cloud Partnership, will allow the public sector to implement well-defined cloud computing strategies. Supported by stakeholders from both public and private sector, Cloud for Europe aims to remove the obstacles for cloud adoption. Cloud for Europe brings together industry and the public sector to provide conditions for a digital single market for cloud computing in Europe.

The project started in June 2013 and runs until November 2016. It is co-funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7).