INSTAR at the Multi-Stakeholder Platform Meeting

Today, the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation convened, marking another important moment in the European Commission's ongoing efforts to harmonize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards across the globe. The European Multi-Stakeholder Platform embodies the collaborative spirit and forward-thinking approach necessary for the complex digital age we navigate. Leveraging the expertise of an advisory group, the platform is set to navigate the intricacies of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standardisation, addressing the European Union's strategic needs and aligning them with global trends.

The foundation of this platform was catalysed by the recognition of evolving ICT standardisation needs, crucial for supporting European legislation, policies, and public procurement. Comprising representatives from national authorities of EU Member States and EFTA countries, European and international ICT standardisation bodies, and various stakeholder organisations, the platform represents a diverse coalition of interests and expertise. It is tasked with guiding the EU through potential future ICT standardisation requirements, fostering cooperation among standard-setting organisations, and ensuring the development of technical specifications that meet public procurement needs.

Co-chaired by the European Commission's Directorates-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Connect, the platform convenes four times a year, marking a new chapter in the EU's commitment to driving innovation, inclusivity, and interoperability in the digital realm. This move not only signifies a strategic approach to embedding standardisation in ICT policies but also highlights the EU's dedication to facilitating a harmonious digital environment that supports economic growth and societal progress.

The MSP convened today to discuss three main priorities:

  1. Policy & Regulatory: Deliberations focused on integrating standardisation with current policies and regulations, ensuring that the digital transformation aligns with overarching European directives.
  2. International Elements: A critical understanding was reached that European standards must have a global impact to be effective. In this vein, the platform reviewed the standardisation of 5G in Brazil, which was discussed on the 20th of March, highlighting the need for standards that transcend borders to create a worldwide digital footprint.
  3. Skills & Competences: Recognising the urgency of cultivating expertise in standardisation, there was a strong call to usher in a new generation trained in these domains. The integration of standardisation with research and development was flagged as vital, with DG CONNECT and DG Research already leading efforts to incorporate these themes into MSP discussions.

To round off the significant agenda, a presentation of the INSTAR project was delivered by the project coordinator Tanya Suarez, CEO of BluSpecs. INSTAR is at the forefront of supporting the implementation of Europe’s Digital Partnerships and the EU-US TTC by working together with relevant entities from Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA to drive international common standards for AI, Cybersecurity, DigitalID, Quantum, IoT, 5G, 6G and data technologies.

INSTAR at the Multi-Stakeholder Platform Meeting