On February 16th, the Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre officially met for the second time, gathering representatives from Member States, the Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA.
During the meeting took place the election of the Chair of the Governing board. Pascal Steichen was elected to this position for three years, once renewable. Furthermore, the list of National Competence Centers officially appointed by the Member States was ratified by the board and published.
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, which will be located in Bucharest, together with the Network of National Coordination Centres, will contribute to strengthening European cybersecurity capacities as well as boosting research excellence and the competitiveness of the Union’s industry in this field.
The network of national coordination centres will work towards the objective of creating a European cyber community, to foster cross-border cooperation and the preparation of joint actions with the European Cyber Security Competence Centre. They will support capacity building in cyber security at national level, and where applicable, at regional and local levels.
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre will also manage part of the funding that is dedicated to cybersecurity from the Digital Europe Programme and Horizon Europe, as well as from the Member States. The Digital Europe Programme cybersecurity call, with a specific investment of 55 million dedicated to the deployment of National Coordination Centres, will open on February 22.
The Governing Board of the Centre is composed of representatives from the Member States (27 members), the Commission (2 members) and ENISA (1 permanent observer). The Commission runs the Centre until it can operate independently.
“I welcome this election with great enthusiasm and pride. We have a great amount of work ahead of us, to build and continuously strengthen this European cyber community. Joining forces to enhance research, innovation and response to emerging threats is a key factor in increasing Europe’s cybersecurity capacity and competitiveness”, Pascal Steichen says, in the wake of his election.
More information about the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) HERE