Project International is a new initiative launched by the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry in 2013.
Following an open call for tender, the European Commission contracted a consortium of organisations: IVI, CEPIS, IDC and Empirica.

Innovation Value Institute (IVI)
The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) was co-founded in 2006 by the National University of Ireland Maynooth, (NUIM) and Intel to drive public and private enterprise get value from technology. The Innovation Value Institute researches, develops, and disseminates empirically proven and industry validated IT best practice through open innovation collaboration between leading academic, government and industry practitioners. To this end, the not-for-profit research institute is supported by a consortium of over 80 organisations, both large and small, including companies such as Intel, Boston Consulting Group, BP, Bank of New York Mellon, Xilinx and Mainstream Renewable Power (see http://ivi.nuim.ie/membership-services/current-membership for full list of members), and this active consortium enables a strong industry alignment to be achieved in our research activities.
IVI is becoming increasingly active in the domain of e-skills, and is currently engaged in three research projects in this area. Together with CEPIS, it recently completed a research report for the European Commission on ICT Professionalism (see www.ictprof.eu). IVI is also an active participant in the CEN workshop on ICT skills, as well as a number of other relevant industry forums on e-skills and ICT professionalism.

Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS)
CEPIS (the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) was formally established by nine European informatics societies in 1989 under the auspices of the Council of Europe. It is an inter-societal organisation whose membership is open to national computer societies from all countries belonging to the Council of Europe. Membership today stands at 36 member societies from 33 countries, representing over 350,000 IT professionals.
CEPIS' goals are:

Working in partnership with industry, SMEs, academia and other stakeholders, CEPIS works to shape policies to foster e-skills development and digital literacy in Europe's workforce and citizens.
CEPIS is an active member and sits on the Executive Committee of the European e-Skills Association, which builds on the achievements of the e-Skills Industry Leadership Board (ILB).

IDC
IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Over 900 IDC analysts in 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. More information can be found at http://www.idc.com/
The IDC European Government Consulting (EGC) unit provides research and consulting services on the development of ICT-based innovation and ICT-based competitiveness in the economy and society. The main clients are policy makers (first of all the European Commission), governments and public agencies engaged with the development of the Information Society and its socioeconomic aspects. The centre is headed by Gabriella Cattaneo, Associate Vice President, with more than 20 years experience in socioeconomic research of ICT. The European Government Consulting centre has an extended partners network from the community of leading European socioeconomic research centres, universities and consulting companies and promotes IDC EMEA cooperation with them. This expertise centre works by mobilizing IDC's analysts network, organizing multi-disciplinary teams to respond to the needs of its clients, and joining with partners with complementary skills.

Empirica
empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH is a research and consulting organisation founded in 1988 and based in Bonn, Germany. It specialises in communications and information technology related research and consultancy to clients in both private and public sectors.
During recent years, e-skills and ICT and education related study activities together with policy oriented research has become a key area of empirica's activities, as reflected by the selection of research projects provided below. This is complemented by a broad range of conferences, seminars and workshops organised on subjects relevant to the topics of the project for more than 20 years.
Through past and ongoing studies empirica has been and is strongly involved in policy and strategy development support and evaluation activities in the e-Skills, ICT and education and digital literacy area for the European Commission DG ENTR, DG INFSO and Media (today DG CONNECT), DG Research and DG EAC but also for worldwide leading IT industry companies like Cisco and the Cisco Networking Academy Program national governments and global players in the financial market and has gained an in-depth expertise in the field of e-skills.