January 26, 2012 – The leader of a prominent European Union technology committee is forming a group to boost procurement and standards for public cloud adoption, which is expected to bring efficiencies and savings to that continent’s “flagging economies.”

Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, pledged an initial investment of 10 million Euros (about $13 million U.S.) to start the partnership, according to an online record of statements made Thursday before the World Economic Forum being held in Davos, Switzerland. Made up of public authorities and private industry and modeled partly after U.S. federal cloud guidelines, the partnership is charged with finding common requirements for cloud procurement that factors in standards and security, and ensures competition. Next, the partnership is expected to deliver proof-of-concept solutions and then reference implementations for public cloud adoption. The first set of guidelines is expected sometime in 2013, Kroes said.

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