The European Commission recently published the 2018 Rolling Plan for ICT standardization, which addresses standardization developments in the field of ICT (information and communication technologies) and link them to EU legislation and policies. This year’s Rolling Plan sees the addition of the blockchain and distributed digital ledger technologies and regulatory technology chapters.
The Rolling Plan for ICT standardization takes a unique look at EU policies and standardization activities in the field of ICT, with the objective to increase the convergence of standardization activities to support European policy goals.
The Rolling Plan is the result of a yearly dialogue between the stakeholders active in the Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) on ICT standardization. The MSP is composed of representatives of national authorities from EU Member States and EFTA countries, ESOs, fora and consortia, and stakeholder organizations that represent industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and consumers.
This inclusive and participatory approach ensures wide support from the European and international standardization organizations, associations, EU countries, and key global industrial and technology companies. CEN and CENELEC role in the MSP is to advise the European Commission on its ICT standardization work programme, identify potential future ICT standardization needs and advise the European Commission on technical specifications with regard to their referencing in public procurement.
The Rolling Plan 2018 identifies 170 actions organized around four thematic areas:
- Key enablers
- Societal challenges
- Innovation for the single market
- Sustainable growth
- Advanced manufacturing
- Electronic identification including e-signatures
- Accessibility of ICT products and services
- eSkills and eLearning
- Digital Cinema
- Smart grids and smart metering
- Smart Cities
- Construction (BIM)