ACM-Europe Policy News

July 2016


EUACM is continuing its work on the Cybersecurity White Paper. It has been agreed that the white paper will cover the current status of cybersecurity mainly in the EU community addressing the technical, educational and ethical challenges ahead.


EUACM is continuing to follow the evolution of the situation. EUACM's partner, Science-Business, publishes a blog that gathers the opinions of several members of the European scientific community.


Privacy and Security

Cybersecurity PPP

On July 5 the European Commission and the ECSO Chairman signed a contractual Public Private Partnership on cybersecurity (cPPP) with the ultimate goal of increasing the EU's competitiveness in the field of cybersecurity and with the aim of reaching a yearly growth of EU cybersecurity matter of at least 8% by 2020 (EC, 2016). The partnership is open to new membership.

The cPPP should act as advisory mechanism for the European Commission and as a platform for dialog between the supply and demand sides of cybersecurity products and solutions. The partnership has four general objectives: increased competiveness; support to innovation; societal goals (education and employment); and operational (such as increased cooperation).

The EC has promised to invest up to €450 million (under Horizon 2020), while the industry is expected to invest three times as much. In addition, 25% of the funds should be allocated to the SMEs, start-ups or high growth companies. Commission commits itself to take into consideration the advice from the Association in order to identify research and innovation activities to be proposed for financial support.

EU-US Privacy Shield

On July 12 the European Commission adopted the new EU-US Privacy Shield. The new framework is reflecting the requirement set out by the European Court of Justice in its ruling last October. The Privacy Shield is aiming to guard the fundamental rights of all of those in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the US.

The Shield consist of Privacy Principles that firms must comply with. The US Department of Commerce will be reviewing regularly companies, who follow the rules they submitted themselves to, and the non-compliance will be sanctioned. In addition, there will be a stronger conditions to all onward transfers and there will be clear boundaries with respect to US government access. The shield will be reviewed annually by both parties.

NIS Directive

On July 6 the European Parliament adopted the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity. The directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive) is intending to achieve a high common level of security of network and information systems within the EU. According to the new directive, each member state has to adopt a national strategy that defines the strategic objectives and appropriate policy and regulatory measures. In addition, two entities are established in order to support the effective cooperation and operational information exchange between the member states (Cooperation Group and CSIRTs network). Furthermore, the directive establishes a security and notification requirements for operators of essential and digital service providers.

In the press release informing about the adoption of the NIS Directive it is stated that "the Commission is also examining how to strengthen and streamline cybersecurity cooperation across different sectors of the economy, including in cybersecurity training and education".


Horizon 2020

On July 25 the commission confirmed the calls and actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017. The work programme will contribute to the "Jobs, Growth and Investment Package" with the aim of supporting Europe's global competitiveness. The Commission has set connected digital single market (DSM) as one of its priority areas. The EC will contribute to innovative digital solutions through following actions: major ICT call (€625 million); Digital Security call (€56 million); Automated Road Transport call (€50 million over two years); and Four new Horizon Prizes (€11 million).


Upcoming Events

  • Borderless Cyber Europe 2016: Mission is to improve the state of preparedness and response to cyber threats both domestically and internationally through effective information sharing. September 8-9, Brussels
  • International Data Week: Explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research. September 11-17, Denver
  • ICT Proposers' Day 2016: Will focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17 in the field of Information & Communication Technologies. It will offer a unique and exceptional opportunity to build networks. September 26-27, Bratislava
  • Digital Assembly 2016: Discuss and exchange ideas with stakeholders on the European digital policy. September 28-29, BratislavaOnline stream
  • Science and Policy-Making: towards a new dialog: Identify core principles and best practices, common to structures providing scientific advice for governments worldwide. September 29-30, Brussels



  • EU competition for reusable IT solutions in public sector. Open until October 28. Only solutions developed by or for public administrations will qualify for the Sharing & Reuse Awards. If the solution has been developed by a private entity on behalf of a public administration, the reward will go to the public administration concerned.


Open Calls

Forthcoming Calls


  • Opportunity now: Europe's mission to innovate: "This report concludes that there is room for clearer vision, closer cooperation and more ambitious pro-innovation leadership across all European actors". Corporate author(s): European Commission, DG CONNECT; Private author(s): Robert Madelin, David Ringrose; Themes: Scientific and technical research.


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