ACM-Europe Policy News

October 2015


  • Cybersecurity

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip published on September, 29th a blog post on Cybersecurity, linked to the need of trust building regarding the Digital Single Market. He also mentioned the increasing threats and cyber-attacks worldwide. Therefore, he presented some of the EC initiatives: the reform on the EU's rules on data protection, followed by a reform of the ePrivacy directive, international agreements on cyber-security and negotiations on the network and information security directive.

October was the European Cyber-security month. This is the third year in a row in which this initiative takes place. It is part of an international reach, with a campaign in the US as well. The activities within this campaign were organized by the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and +100 partners. The reports on the activities were published by ENISA.

  • Roaming and Net neutrality

The European Parliament adopted the agreement to end roaming charges and set the EU wide net-neutrality rules. The ban on roaming charges will be completely instrumented by June 2017.

The European Commission welcomed the net-neutrality rules, as a relevant contribution to the Digital Single Market strategy. However, several digital rights organizations (World Wide Web Consortium, Open Rights Group, Intellectual Property Watch, EDRi, among others) criticized the European Parliament decision on discarding the proposed amendments to the original text.

  • “Safe Harbour”

On October 6th, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the Commission’s US Safe Harbour decision invalid. The ruling was issued after the group “Europe v Facebook” (led by the activist Max Schrems) had initiated two lawsuits against Facebook at the Irish High Court in June 2014.

  • Trialogue processes

18 civil society organizations presented a letter to the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council, calling for a reform on the “trialogue” processes. They claim they don’t improve transparency and accountability in the European legislative process, considering these “informal” negotiations are taking place in very early stages of the decision making, they are not open to public access and the documents produced are not published. This letter supports the European Ombudsman’s initiative for reform.

  • Internet of Things

The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) published twelve Reports containing the "Recommendations for future collaborative work in the context of the Internet of Things Focus Area in Horizon 2020" covering the main focus areas of the Internet of Things (IoT) Work Program 2016-2017.

The Scientific and Technological Policy Options Assessment for the European Parliament (STOA) launched a new project: the scientific foresight on ‘Ethics of Cyber-Physical Systems’, carried out to support the work of the JURI Committee’s Working Group on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

The European Implementation Assessment presented a review of the EU Copyright framework.

  • Other news

New platform developed by the Geneva Internet Platform (in partnership with the Internet Society). It presents clear visualizations and information about Infrastructure & Standardization, Security, Human rights, Legal and Economic and Sociocultural issues, and Development.


The European Commission decided to invest 140 million euros for world leadership in supercomputing technologies and applications.

The Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016 - 2017 was published: 16 billion euros will be destined to research and innovation.


Review of the Satellite and Cable Directive (Open until 16 November)

Evaluation and review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks & services (Open until 7 December)

The needs for Internet speed and quality beyond 2020 (Open until 7 December).

Legislative proposals to reduce the administrative burden on businesses arising from different VAT regimes (Open until 18 December).

Tackling unjustified geo-blocking (Open until 28 December).

Online platforms, cloud & data, liability of intermediaries, collaborative economy (Open until 30 December).

ICT Standards (Open until 4 January 2016).


Past events (during September) where members of EUACM participated:

  • CGW Workshop (Krakow, 26/10 - 28/10). The CGW Workshops, which were initiated in 2001, is to support the community of researchers, developers, and practitioners who work in the fascinating field of e-Science and distributed computing infrastructures, including grids and clouds.
  • ICT2015 (Lisbon, 19/10 - 22/10). Event organized by the European Commission and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia to present and debate new policies and initiatives with regard to Research & Innovation in ICT.

Upcoming events (during November) where members of EUACM will participate:

  • 11th e-Concertation meeting for European e-Infrastructure projects (Brussels, 9/11). The objective of the e-concertation meeting is to bring together project coordinators and their partners to discuss present issues related to the implementation of the first Horizon 2020 projects and future activities in light of the soon to be adopted Work Programme 2016-2017.
  • European Parliament event, organized by MEP Henna Virkkunen, on Open Data, Open Science, Open innovation, Open infrastructures and Open scholarships (Brussels, 10/11).
  • Supercomputing 2015 (Austin, 16/11 - 20/11) The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis.
  • Science Business Annual Summit (Barcelona, 19/11 - 20/11) Every year since 2008, the Science|Business Annual Summit brings together leaders from academia, industry and policy to debate how to best unleash Europe’s technological potential and stimulate innovation in Europe.