ACM-Europe Policy News

December 2015

H2020 review and assessment

Following a number of discussions between the ACM Europe Policy Committee EUACM leadership and senior authorities in the European Commission responsible for Excellence in Science in the H2020 programme, some ACM European experts have been selected to serve as advisors in the first major review of the H2020 programme, after the completion of the first work programme 2014-2015. More ACM experts are likely to be invited in the near future.  It is therefore important that all those ACM members who are willing to serve as experts register on the EC data base, regardless from their location within EU member states or outside.

The present chair of the ACM Europe Council, Dame Wendy Hall, has been invited to speak in a senior panel at CeBIT 2016 in Hanover. The present chair of EUACM, Fabrizio Gagliardi, will speak at the “Towards an European Framework for the ICT Profession” workshop on February 4th invited by a European Commission sponsored initiative to promote IT skills in industry.


Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market, summarized the actions taken towards the Digital Single Market. He mentioned, especially, the last proposals presented by the European Commission: on digital contract rules to simplify and promote access to digital content and online sales across the EU and about broadening access to online content and outlines its vision to modernise EU copyright rules.

On December, 9th, a European Commission Communication was presented to the Parliament and Council: Towards a modern, more European copyright framework

On December 16, after an intense round of negotiations among United Nations member states, the UN General Assembly adopted the final outcome document on the ten-year review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10).

● Cybersecurity & Data protection

Concerns were raised on the Investigatory Powers Bill, presented to the UK House of Commons last November. Apple was the first company to call for changes to the bill, especially regarding the user's security. According to this bill, the security services will have the authority to hack into computers. There is an open inquiry about the bill.

Several organization (European Digital Rights (EDRi), Bits of Freedom, Digitale Gesellschaft e.V, Open Rights Group (ORG),  Digital Rights Ireland and Privacy International) presented a statement about the vote of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on the Data Protection Package.

● Internet of Things

The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Policy Working Group presented their policy recommendations regarding a Digital Single Market for the Internet of Things (IoT).

● Other news

The European Council approved an agreement with the Parliament and the Commission about “Better Law Making”, highlighting the relevance of transparency and taking public consultations into account. EDRi raised concerns about some aspects of it. An open consultation on the transparency of trialogues is opened until the end of March.


DG Roberto Viola released an article on Brain-Neural Computer Interfaces, highlighting its relevance within a specific Horizon 2020 project. A new call on interfaces for accessibility is open until April 2017.