Ilves to Discuss EU Cloud With Van Rompuy ({{commentsTotal}})

Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy Source: Photo: Reuters/Scanpix

In Brussels today, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is meeting Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, to discuss data exchange and e-services in the EU.

Ilves, who since November has headed the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership, is pushing for the adoption of and streamlining of digital signatures and secure identity recognition systems throughout EU.

European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who oversees telecommunication, will also take part in the meeting.

Last week, EU officials and tech executives met in Tallinn for the second meeting of the new cloud computing project.

At a press conference, Ilves said European countries need to be more self-sufficient in light of new security concerns over American IT service providers. Ilves said the developments are an opportunity to move forward in areas that had previously not been in the forefront of political concerns.

“Cloud computing I think was a vague and not always understood concept until about three weeks ago and now suddenly everyone knows what cloud computing is about because of the revelations regarding PRISM and other things,” Ilves said.

At the same conference, Kroes said the digital industry is the only part of the European economy that has not been integrated into a single market. She warned that individual countries will feel a need to develop national legislation in the area, which could hinder the development of cloud services.