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European Commission expert group begins work on cloud contract terms

The expert group is helping the EC set up model contract terms for cloud service providers and customers

Following announcements made this Summer the European Commission this week begun work on setting out standard terms for cloud contracts. The Commission says an expert working group will help ensure the inclusion of fair contract terms in cloud service contracts becomes best practice and improve confidence in cloud services.

EU LIBE Committee votes to strengthen EU data protection laws

The European Commission will now enter into negotiations with EU member states to develop a final text ahead of the EU elections in the Spring 2014

The Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission’s data protection reforms Tuesday, the most significant legal overhaul of the EU’s data protection policy since 1995. The wide-reaching reforms aim to centralise data protection oversight, strengthen enforcement and penalties, and give European citizens more say in what internet giants, cloud service providers and businesses can do with their data.

European Commission offers €10,000 vouchers for cloud services

Kroes outlined the innovation voucher scheme in Brussels this week

In a bid to help small businesses in Europe’s regions grow by using digital technologies the European Commission announced this week that it would be offering SMEs innovation vouchers worth up to €10,000 to go towards procuring and learning how to implement cloud and ICT services in order to drive innovation, growth and regional competitiveness.

Kroes unveils EC education reforms bolstering ICT in the classroom

Kroes and Vassiliou outlined their plan to improve teaching with ICT and plug the impending digital skills gap

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth Androulla Vassiliou on Wednesday introduced Opening up Education, the Comission’s initiative to increase the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in classrooms across Europe.

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, this week outlined her intentions to transform education across the EU using information and communications technology (ICT). Kroes, along with the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, plan to unveil new proposals to reform education in Europe next week.

Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini says open source and European cloud will protect EU data

Judith Sargentini, Dutch Green MEP

Europe should invest in developing its own highly secure cloud platform to keep European citizens’ data out of reach of snooping governments and criminals, and encourage adoption of open source technologies in the process, said Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini.

Francisco Moran, EC advisor: Using cloud to improve Europe’s economy


Francisco Moran, Chief IT Advisor for the European Commission, talks to Business Cloud News, about the EU’s cloud computing strategy.

European Commission calls for expert help on cloud contracts

Puzzle pieces

The European Commission on last week called for applications for cloud experts to help it develop clearer contract terms for cloud computing services.

Could PRISM impact EU data protection reform?

European and American representatives will meet this Friday to discuss data protection and sharing between the US and Europe

Recent leaks detailing far-reaching American intelligence gathering techniques under the PRISM programme may prompt European legislators to act more quickly on EU data protection, and perhaps even lead to a change in the finer points of the new regulations.

EC launches cloud computing strategy

The European Commission has released details of a cloud computing strategy that it claims will create 2.5 million jobs and boost EU GDP to the tune of €160bn annually by 2020. The Commission’s plan for “Unleashing the potential for cloud computing in Europe” is intended to speed the uptake of cloud services in the region, according to Neelie Kroes, EU vice president for the digital agenda.