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13 Nov 2008


Innovation & Enterprise


As the networked economy grows in size and importance, the ability to
conduct business via electronic means becomes increasingly important.
A CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) in development will support the
ongoing transformation of European businesses into globally integrated

Brussels (13 November 2008)

The CEN/ISSS eBusiness Interoperability
Forum (eBIF) is leading an international project on ‘Global eBusiness
Interoperability Test Bed Methodologies’. The major objective of this project is to
define arrangements for a comprehensive and global eBusiness interoperability
test bed. The first step is an analysis of the benefits, risks, and resources
required for a global eBusiness interoperability test bed. This phase will last 12
months, and result in a final draft CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). The
following phase will guide the development of test beds as shared testing
facilities. Collaborating in this project will be European groups – the Enterprise
Interoperability Centre, ETSI and IST (Icelandic Standards) and industry
interests. International partners include the National Institute for Science and
Technology (NIST) and US industry interests, plus representatives from Asia.
The open meeting that marks the official start of this project took place in
Brussels on 21 November 2008, and further presentations will be made at the
open eBIF Conference, which will take place in Utrecht on 8 and 9 December.

For more information on these events see or contact

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About CEN
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe,
removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the
European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the
environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of
European Standards and other technical specifications.
CEN’s 30 National Members work together to develop voluntary European Standards
(ENs) in various sectors to build a European Internal Market for goods and services and
to position Europe in the global economy. More than 60.000 technical experts as well as
business federations, consumer and other societal interest organizations are involved in
the CEN network that reaches over 460 million people.
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