EUROPA - Press Releases - Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe - What is it and what does it mean for me?:
"Standards, certification and contracts - Why can't you write the necessary standards yourself, why do you rely on the industry to make this happen? Standardisation works best as an industry-led process. The industry is already putting a lot of effort into creating standards that increase interoperability of the clouds. Standards are emerging but at the moment there is no common agreement as to which standards would guarantee the required interoperability, data portability and reversibility. The Commission wants to identify coherent sets of useful standards to make it easier for the demand and supply sides to organise themselves.
When you do you hope to launch the certification scheme? The Commission will work with the support of ENISA and other relevant bodies to assist the development of an EU-wide voluntary certification schemes in the area of cloud computing (including data protection) and establish a list of such schemes by 2014.
If it is voluntary, what will you do if companies simply decide not to join? We will keep working with companies to increase the attractiveness of the scheme." 'via Blog this'