Why do we need a EU Catalogue of ICT standards?

ICT standards play an essential role in achieving interoperability of new technologies, and guarantee that they work smoothly and reliably together.


With the 2015 Communication of ICT Standardisation Priorities, the Commission proposed to focus on 5 priorities areas: 5G - Internet of Things (IoT) - Cloud computing - Cybersecurity - Data technologies.

In a digitalised Europe, the ICT Procurement market is quite significant, and interoperability is proven to be vital in achieving savings and social benefits to citizens.


As an example, if e-procurement was implemented across the EU, it would save annually 50-75 billion euros in Europe, and increase transparency and public accountability. Public procurement may be a key driver to innovation, and contracting authorities can act as a launch pad for innovative good and services.




The European Commission is developping a European Catalogue on ICT Standards (see draft content here). Its objective is to provide a one-stop-shop at the EU level or procurers on guidelines for procuremen, including on vendor lock-in, the use of standards, and a lifecycle costing-scheme that accounts for the often neglected interoperability costs. Find more on the European Commission JOIN UP website at


A study will define a governance and adoption process of ICT standards, and to develop a first prototype of the catalogue in 4 ICT domains, including eGovernment - electronic tolling systems - smart energy systems - and cloud.


A first draft had been circulating early 2017, followed by a survey in April. Preview a presentation here (PDF).


Read the Digital Single Market (DSM) mid-term review (eGovernment focus) at