InDiCo-Global to advance cooperation on digital policies and standards

In a world rapidly transitioning towards a greener and more digital society, the development of digital technologies and related policies has taken centre stage. Acknowledging the pivotal role of standardization in realizing its objectives, the European Union is committed to boosting the development and adoption of global digital standards for increased competitiveness.

A consortium bringing together the three official European Standardization Organizations – CEN, CENELEC and ETSI – has kicked off a new Horizon Europe Coordination and Support Action (CSA) called InDiCo-Global, which aims to strengthen international cooperation and understanding between technical communities and policy makers on digital policies and ICT standards. The consortium also includes Martel Innovate, Trust-IT and COMMpla. This consortium leverages the collective strength of the individual partners to drive European influence and competitiveness on the global standardization stage.


InDiCo-Global builds on the success of the European Union-funded InDiCo project, led by ETSI, expanding its reach to embrace additional countries. The initiative targets key regions, including the African Union, China, India, Southeast Asia, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans.

The project has four key objectives:

  • Promoting the EU model for setting global interoperable ICT/digital standards
  • Enhancing the promotion of the EU ICT/digital standards for key technologies
  • Understanding third countries’ standardization ecosystems and, if needed, capacity building in terms of digital standardization
  • Promoting the EU vision and approach to data protection

InDiCo-Global had its official kick-off meeting on 6 February 2024, hosted by the European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT).


Over the course of its 36-month duration, InDiCo-Global will direct 40% of its €2.5m budget to capacity building initiatives through a series of open calls for micro-projects focused on the targeted regions.


For more information, please visit, @Indico_Global and LinkedIn.


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