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The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre: Governing board meets for the first time in Bucharest

Chaired by Pascal Steichen (Luxembourg)


Today, the Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre holds its first physical meeting in Bucharest (Romania), where the seat of the Centre is. Previous meetings of the Board were conducted online due to the pandemic.

Nicolae Ciucă, the Romanian Prime Minister welcomed the members of the Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre. During this two-day meeting, the Board will discuss matters relating to the priorities of the Centre and to its practical establishment in Bucharest, on which the Romanian authorities and the European Commission have been closely working together for many months already.

The Competence Centre, together with the Network of National Coordination Centres, aims to strengthen European cybersecurity capacities, research excellence and industry competitiveness. For this purpose, it will manage some of the funding dedicated to cybersecurity in the Digital Europe Programme and Horizon Europe Programme, as well as funding from the Member States. A new call for proposals in the cybersecurity domain under the Digital Europe Programme will open on 29 September, for over 140MEUR.

More broadly, the Centre aims to support the cybersecurity community in Europe. The European Commission just opened a call for tender) of EUR 3 Millions for this purpose.

The Centre is looking for an Executive Director, for which it recently opened a call for applications. It will also publish vacancies for other positions soon, which will be advertised on the website of the Centre. For more information on the Centre, including future funding and job opportunities, follow the Centre on Twitter and on the web.

Link to the Press Release from the European Commission.

Pascal Steichen, Chairperson of the Governing Board of the ECCC commented:

“This first physical meeting is an important step in establishing the European Cybersecurity Competence Center (ECCC). I feel very privileged to chair this meeting here in Bucharest, where the seat of the Center is located. I would like to thank Nicolae Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania, for welcoming us as well as the Romanian authorities, the European Commission, my fellow Governing Board members and the Network of National Coordination Centers (NCCs) for their work and collaboration over the past few months to identify priorities and move forward toward our objective of increasing Europe’s cybersecurity capacities and competitiveness. The great spirit of working-together and exchanges seen so far are very promising.

Key meetings within the Governing Board and the Network of NCCs will continue in the coming months to keep the momentum going. I’m very much looking forward to the development of the ECCC’s activities, and therefore I am eager to start working with the new Executive Director of the Center soon. I highly encourage all interested candidates to apply for this key position in the European cybersecurity ecosystem!”