ACM-Europe Policy News

June 2016


After the good contacts established with the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) work has continued internally in EUACM to draft a white paper on Cybersecurity to be presented to an event in preparation by our partner Science|Business in Brussels. Discussions took place with our colleagues in USACM to develop a common vision for the white paper.

A list of ACM cybersecurity expert names has been provided to the European Commission. They will be considered to be invited to some events organized by SAM in the near future.


EUACM is actively following the evolution of the situation with much attention. It is yet too early to understand any impact on the international scientific collaboration. EUACM's partners, Science|Business, published a live blog that gathers the opinions of several members of the European scientific community.


Digital & Collaborative Economy

European Commission VP for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, and Director General of DG CONNECT, Roberto Viola, attended the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Canc´┐Żn, Mexico. The OECD Declaration on digital economy was signed by all representatives, following the meeting.

The communication A European agenda for the collaborative economy was released, aiming to provide guidance to consumers, businesses and public authorities to engage confidently in the collaborative economy.


The Joint Initiative on Standardisation was formally launched. The partners commit to modernising, prioritising, and speeding up the delivery of standards by the end of 2019.


The eGovernment4EU online platform was presented. Its aim is to gather new proposals for actions to modernise the Public Service, to be added to the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.

Digital Skills and Jobs

Digital skills are presented as the core of the New skills agenda for Europe: working together for human capital, employability and competitiveness communication. The European Commission has set out steps to improve digital skills in Europe with the new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition initiative. This initiative will be reinforced by the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, aiming to tackle skills shortages in six sectors: automotive, defence, maritime technology, space, textiles and tourism.

The last edition of the European Maker Week included the first institutional maker faire at the European Parliament.

The European Commission released the report on The impact of ICT on job quality, where 12 nontraditional office jobs and their relationship with digital technologies are studied.


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