The European Catalogue is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy and is action 5 of the EU eGovernment action plan. How does the EU Catalogue fit the policy context? Take a look at it here.
The EU Catalogue is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (COM(2015) 192 final) which calls for greater uptake of standards in procurement. In particular, it points out that there are diverging national recommendations for referring to selected ICT standards and technical specifications in public procurement. These ICT standards and technical specifications are usually listed in national catalogues which may lead to market fragmentation and prevent the emergence of EU wide solutions in the delivery of European public services such transport, energy, or health.
The Catalogue is also action 5 of the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 mandated the European Catalogue to work on procurement recommendations based on ICT standards for accelerating the digitalisation of public administrations.