ACM-Europe Policy News

September 2016

EUACM NEWS

EUACM has completed its Cybersecurity White Paper, which will be soon presented to the representatives of SAM (EC Scientific Advice Mechanism) High Level Group and other interested parties in Europe. Later in October the White Paper will be published on the EUACM webpage.

During the month of September EUACM has been following International Data Week on open data in Denver, USA and taken part in the 2nd International Conference on Science Advice to Government in Brussels, which covered the core principles on how to provide scientific advice to governments worldwide. Furthermore, in the light of the upcoming Cybersecurity White Paper, EUACM was present at the Cyber Security Month kick-off conference in Brussels.

EUROPEAN POLICY NEWS

Political Statements

State of the Union: Junker sets digital agenda as one of the key priorities

On September 14 European Commission's president Juncker addressed the European Parliament in his annual State of the Union speech. He underlined in his speech the need to continue with the work on the European digital agenda. He mentioned the requirement of modernizing EU copyright legislation and the importance of investing in fiber optic networks and in 5G mobile communication systems. In addition, Juncker is planning to set up a new European Defense Fund that should boost innovation and research including in the area of cyber-defense.

Vice-President Ansip at the Digital Assembly 2016

On September 29 Vice President Ansip brought out in his speech at the Digital Assembly in Bratislava the current priorities of the Digital Single Market. Ansip underlined in his speech the importance of freely flowing data for European digital future, as many growing sectors such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud are driven by this phenomenon. Moreover, he states that the free data without any artificial rules on data localization will be able to "ensure more security and more effective data protection". For this reason, the Commission is intending to present an initiative later this year to tackle the data localization restrictions. In addition, the European policymakers are hoping to cover the topics around "legal issues surrounding data ownership and management", use and reuse of data, and access to data.

Privacy and Security

On September 14 together with Juncker's State of the Union speech the Commission set out a proposal for new modern copyright rules that should benefit both the citizens as well as the scientific community. The legislative proposal contains two directives and two regulations. The package will cover copyright rules that allow better access of EU citizens to online content. Furthermore, it aims to achieve a fairer online environment for creators and the press. The package is set to improve the copyright rules for researchers and for the inclusion of disabled persons.

One of the proposed Directives will be allowing an exception on copyright rules that will permit educational establishments to use resources, without the author's prior consent, for teaching online courses through digital tools to students in other member states. Secondly, the directive aims at improving the research organizations' use of text and data mining (TDM) technologies that are used to analyze large sets of data without the need for the author's prior agreement. This means that investigators can speed-read and synthesize thousands of pages of academic journals to which they have lawful access. The commission is expecting that this exception to the TDM could increase research productivity by 2%. The directives still need the approval of the European Parliament and must be ratified afterwards by member states' respective parliaments.

October is European Cyber Security Month

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) was launched on September 30 in Brussels. EUACM was present at the event. The ECSM is an EU advocacy campaign that promotes cybersecurity among citizens and advocates for change in the perception of cyber-threats. During October over 300 activities are planned in 27 countries, concentrating mainly on the topics of banking, cyber safety, cyber training and mobile malware. The ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) is an official partner of ECSM and is organizing the Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Vienna under the Cybersecurity month.

eGovernment

The eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

The General Affairs Council adopted on September 20 the eGovernment Action Plan for 2016-2020. The action plan lists a series of recommendations to member state governments and presents 20 actions that the Commission will be launching in the near future in order to improve the electronic government landscape in Europe.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 and EFSI

The European Commission has announced that Horizon 2020 will receive an additional €400 million. In addition, President Juncker has promised to double the duration and the capacity of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). In the new proposal by the Commission, the EU guarantee will increase from €16 billion to €26 billion and the European Investment Bank has promised to raise its capital from €5 billion to €7.5 billion, in total the increase will be by €12.5 billion euros. The Commission uses a formula of 1*15 for calculating its leverage effects, meaning that the targeted investments should be up to €500 billion. The EFSI "helps to finance strategic investments in key areas such as infrastructure, research and innovation, education, renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as risk finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)".

EVENTS

Upcoming Events in October and November

CALLS AND CONSULTATIONS

Contests

  • 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

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