ACM-Europe Policy News

February 2016


Digital Single Market

The contributions and preliminary trends on the public consultation about Standards in the Digital Single Market were released by the European Commission.

On February 25, the Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum took place in Brussels, with Roberto Viola and Gunther Oettinger as keynote speakers. The new Digital Single Market communication channelswere presented and the Digital Single Market Strategy was reviewed, following the European Commission's press release published last December.

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) was released. It includes data about Connectivity, Human capital, Use of internet, Integration of Digital technology and Digital Public sector per member state.

The European Research Council (ERC) supports the OAPEN library for Open Access books, which is a platform for the dissemination of open access books, especially in the field of social sciences and humanities.

Internet Governance, Cybersecurity & Data Protection

The new Scientific Advice Mechanism held its first meeting with Commissioner Carlos Moedas. It was agreed by the panel that one of the first assignments will be cybersecurity.

On February 9, the international initiative Safer Internet Day took place. Commissioner Oettingerpresented the project.

The European Parliament warned that it is very unlikely that the new EU-US agreement "Privacy Shield" to be held in Court.

The NetMundial Solutions Map initiative (BETA) was presented, showing the involvement of multiple actors and several different projects regarding Internet governance worldwide.

International Agreements

The "Brussels Declaration on Trade and the Internet" was presented by 20 groups and individuals concerned about the way the international trade agreements are being negotiated. This document focuses, especially on the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


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Open Calls

Forthcoming Calls


The new Monitoring Framework has been endorsed by the Digital Agenda High Level Group, after consultation of Member States representatives and the Eurostat working group on Information Society Statistics.


eSkills Workshop, organized by Capgemini for the European Commission, Brussels, February 4

The project "Towards an European Framework for the ICT Profession" was kicked off in September 2015 by the European Commission, EASME and the consortium partners Capgemini Consulting, EY and IDC. This initiative aims to generate key indicators regarding the supply and demand of ICT professionals in Europe. The project will arrive to the development of a common framework to be used at the European level and compared to similar efforts taking place in the US, Canada and Japan.

Fabrizio Gagliardi, EUACM Chair, as one of the invited speakers, described EUACM views about the four pillars of the proposed framework: competencies, knowledge, education & certification, and ethics. He focused on the need of constant review of these aspects due to the changing nature of the field of Computer Science.

Horizon2020 Annual Conference, organized by Science|Business, Brussels, February 16

Fabrizio Gagliardi, EUACM Chair, was one of the speakers in the session "Open to the world: Can science diplomacy work?". He focused on the importance of international collaboration for fundamental research and claimed that Horizon2020 is the most "open to the world" research programme. However, he considered there is a strong counterproductive pressure from the member states in some cases.

DG Robert Jan-Smits stressed out the issue of the low success rates among Horizon 2020 proposals. Even though there are plenty of excellent proposals, they get rejected due to a lack of funds. He suggested that the available budget might be even lower in the near future, considering the deep challenges that Europe has to deal with. DG Jan-Smits asked the scientific community to raise their voice to protect Horizon 2020, talking to MEPs and their national governments.

Commissioner Carlos Moedas shared his views about the need of more "disruptive innovation" in Europe, also named "market-creating innovation". He described the European context in this regard and suggested possible actions that a European Innovation Council (EIC) could promote. Commissioner Moedas asked the participants to share their own ideas about the EIC through an open consultation (open until April 29). Also, more information can be found on Twitter, using the hashtag #EU_EIC.

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