In December 2020, the EU reached a political agreement on the Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network. The network is a Bucharest-based initiative that aims to improve and strengthen technology and industrial cybersecurity capacities of the EU and help create a safe online environment.
Speaking at the time, Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said: “If we want people and businesses to make the most of digital services, they need to trust them. We are increasingly dependent on digital infrastructures and applications. And their security is critical for the entire European society and economy. We need to make sure we have all elements in place, including a robust cybersecurity industry, to create a safe online environment, where EU citizens can exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms, and where businesses can prosper.”
This week, the European Commission organised an informal virtual meeting of the future Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, gathering representatives from Member States, the Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA. The meeting focused on the preparations for the establishment of the Centre and discussed the next steps, including practical aspects and the rules of procedure.
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network is expected to be officially launched in June, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The Governing Board of the Centre will be composed of representatives from the Member States (27 members), the Commission (two members) and ENISA (one member). The Commission will set up and run the Centre until it can operate independently.