ACM-Europe Policy News

October 2016


In October EUACM presented its cybersecurity White Paper to the representatives of SAM (EC Scientific Advice Mechanism) High Level Group and other interested parties in Europe. EUACM was pleased to realize that our efforts were well received by the Commission and a good groundwork for further cooperation has been laid down.

In October EUACM was present at Science|Business event "Research Strategies: Europe 2030 and the next Framework Programme" in Brussels. The event concentrated mainly on two topics: European Commission's plans about developing FP9 and the effects of BREXIT on European and especially on British science and innovation. Dr. Fabrizio Gagliardi was representing EUACM at the Science|Business event in a panel about "Connected cars: can autos, ICT and regulation work together". Furthermore, EUACM was present at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Vienna and at the European Computer Science Summit "Informatics Driving the Digital World" in Budapest.


Privacy and Security

Preparatory Action for Defense Research Programme

The members of the European Parliament agreed on October 26 in Strasbourg to finance the Preparatory Action for Defense Research programme with €80 million over the period of three years. At the moment, the programme is intending to finance research in areas of drones, cyber defense and maritime surveillance. The Preparatory Action could develop into a lasting EU defense R&D programme within a multi-annual Financial Framework worth €3.5 billion.

Digital Skills

The eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

The new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, built on the pillars of Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs 2013-2016, and the EU e-skills strategy, will see its start on 1 December. The new coalition is intending to share best scalable practices and to engage with sectors using the ICT. Furthermore, the coalition will share information about the available EU funds in the sector. The main objective of the plan is to "develop a large digital talent pool and ensure that individuals and the labor force in Europe are equipped with adequate digital skills". The EC is asking Member States to develop national skills strategies by summer 2017, which should include concrete measures on how to "bring digital skills and competences to all levels of education and training".

ICT Specialists Demand Increases in Europe

According to the Eurostat news release, over the last decade the need for ICT professionals in Europe has grown constantly. Currently, of the EU's total employment 3.5% are ICT professionals. The news also states that over 80% of ICT professional in Europe are male and that 60% of the professionals have at least a tertiary level education. Share of ICT professionals in employment is the highest in Finland and Sweden and the lowest in Greece. Between 2011 and 2015 the number of ICT experts in Europe grew by almost 1.5 million, from the share of total employment the increase was from 3% to 3.5%.

Horizon 2020

Agreement between EU and US Cooperation under H2020

European Commission concluded on October 17 an Implementing Agreement with the US Government that should facilitate cooperation between Horizon 2020 participants and US research organisations (receiving funds only from US government). The main objective of the agreements is to allow researchers from both sides to cooperate with the H2020 projects outside the grant agreement framework. The terms of the agreement can now be laid down in a memorandum of understanding, which should facilitate collaboration by letting researchers to work out themselves the terms that respect one another's rules. The agreement was signed by Commissioner Moedas and Anthony L. Gardner, the US Ambassador to the EU.


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The ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) is a standing committee of ACM Europe Council dedicated to engage with the European Commission and member states' governmental bodies and informatics and computer science communities. The aim is to become a source of expert advice on computer science and informatics matters representing the entire computer science professional community.

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