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EU ITC experts meet in Brussels

The heads of Europe’s foreign ministry ICT departments have held their first meeting, in Brussels. The event arose from the need to compare notes on common issues that have a supra-national dimension and could benefit from a collaborative approach by EU countries. Attendees were particularly interested in the presentations on best practices that could be disseminated to the ministries of other member states.

Lync messaging and communications platform

The Farnesina was asked to open the session on national projects, with an illustration of the Lync messaging and communications platform. Available since 2011 for the Italian diplomatic-consular network, the Lync platform for video-calls, chatting and voice calls comes with utilities to facilitate team-building, including remotely.

For the Italian foreign ministry, this is the second EU recognition, after “Claudiae”, its data centre virtualisation project, which the European Commission included in its list of technological excellence projects.

The meeting was an idea of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, which organised the event with support from the Belgian ministry.

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