After intense political, military, defence, diplomatic and administrative efforts, #Bucharest #Romania was elected and appointed to host the #EU’s Cyber Security Centre.
Performance, High Performance and Excellence in Performance
This is the very first European Agency in Romania.
Romania officially launched its candidacy in March 2020. In addition to Romania, Luxembourg, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain have already announced their candidacies. Ireland and Portugal have indicated their intention to run.
Despite the high expertise in IT was recognized in Romania, the final decision was an international one, outside Romania, assumed in the most relevant EU capital and Overseas offices as per the advice, due the recommendations received, under the guidance of the required international admitted support and the necessary requested counsel participation for promoting such strategy.
The aim is to stimulate the European technological and industrial cyber security ecosystem. The center will have a comprehensive activity that will support cybersecurity along the entire value chain, from research to supporting the implementation and widespread adoption of key technologies. It will also provide support to Member States and other relevant actors through advice, sharing expertise and facilitating collaboration on projects and actions.
Exceptional Success for Romania
Starting on from these matters of great importance, Romania is ready to work hard for an European strengthening #cybersecurity eco-system.
Therefore, Romania has firmly positioned itself on the map of Europe and the world by designating Bucharest as the necessary city.
#THE EUROPEAN CENTER FOR CYBER SECURITY will manage a budget of over 2 billion euros allocated to research in cyberspace.
Bucharest was selected before cities such as Brussels or Warsaw until now, Romania did not host any European agency.
Due the international work and efforts establishing the location for the ECCS Agency in Romania for the headquarters of this center is particulary important for the political and geo-strategic visibility in the emergent NATO Eastern flank, placing Romania as an major EU and #NATO ally and strategic exclusive partner as well as an recognized of a reagional European leader in the field of cyber security, but also a pole of technological expertise in the field of CYBER for Maritime & Aviation Security upcoming concepts, too.
Thanks of the efforts of the President of Romania, #Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, #PM Ludovic Orban, ministers, different entities and prestigiouis international organizations world-wide, and the alliance, especially, the entity representing the Romanian state in the TTE Council, to including the senator’s Alexandru Nazare work and results and the high rank expertise of the governement and the specialized agencies in Romania: ICT, CERT.RO, STS and so on.
- the importance of integrating Romanian companies in projects that develop on the structure of key strategic value chains, established in the Report of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest – IPCEI, the six proposed key value chains being: connected, clean and autonomous vehicles; hydrogen based technologies and systems; smart health; low CO2 industry; the industrial internet of things (industrial data); cyber security, generates an exponential economic ecosystem of tens of billions.
- promoting Romania at European and international level as a strong digital country, with a competitive economy, with exceptional prospects for increased investments in direct or cyber security-related fields, such as cyber training and education, research, standardization, artificial intelligence, defense , innovation, cryptography, ICT security services, intrusion detection or human and societal aspects of security and privacy.
- According to the procedure adopted on 28 October, the seat of the competence center was to be elected by the representatives of the governments of the Member States on 9 December.
- To these are added three more areas in which the EU has advanced with IPCEI projects, namely microelectronics, supercomputers and electric batteries, which we joined this year with MTIC in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research (European Partnership for Essential Digital Technologies / European Partnership for high-performance computers / European Partnership for Promoting Urban Transition and Sustainable Development / European Partnership for Innovative SMEs)
- it is necessary for Romania and its allies to connect & inter-connect in the European network of these value chains at company level and in order to attract investments at national level.
- the importance of developing digital skills, data economy, artificial intelligence and strengthening cybersecurity, focusing on the role of digitalisation in achieving the objectives of the European Environment Agreement
The main priorities for telecommunications, digitalisation and cyber security are structured on four pillars:
- Strengthening digital sovereignty and EU competitiveness, including the adoption of the Digital Europe Program;
- Establishing a legal framework for a human-centered digital transformation, with priority given to negotiations on the proposed ePrivacy regulation and debates on Artificial Intelligence (the Ministry will soon come up with an ecosystem in this regard);
- Promoting an innovative European platform and data economy, with a focus on the European Data Strategy / Data Governance and the future Digital Services Act;
- Strengthening the EU’s cyber security, with a focus on strengthening the cyber security of IoT products for consumers and the European Cyber Security Competence Center.
- It is particularly important for the EU as well as for the Europe’s best allies, such as the USA, the UK, Canada to continue to involve and ensure national coordination on European work related to the development of 5G networks and the implementation of the EU Toolkit for 5G Network Security.
- Over the next five years, the Commission will focus on three key objectives to ensure that digital solutions “help Europe continue its path towards a digital transformation that works for the benefit of people, while respecting European values.”
- Technology that „works” for people, in a strong and competitive economy that masters and shapes technology;
- A fair and competitive economy, in which companies of all sizes and in any sector can compete on an equal footing and develop, market and use digital technologies, products and services on a scale that increases their overall productivity and competitiveness;
- An open, democratic and sustainable society based on the „European path of digital transformation” that enhances democratic values, respects fundamental rights and contributes to the fight against climate change.
Following the line indicated by the Commission, Romania has already started to invest in strategic capabilities that allow the development and use of large-scale digital solutions, interoperability of key digital infrastructures, expansion of 5G networks (and future 6G networks) and innovative advanced technologies. The effort must be supported at national, regional, local level, involving public administration, academia, civil society, financial institutions, business and social enterprises, but also European partners, in cumulating investments in research and innovation, exchange of experience and good practices and so on.
Strengthening cybersecurity along with ensuring the integrity and resilience of data infrastructure, networks and communications should be horizontal priorities. These are seen as key elements in achieving the von der Leyen Commission’s key objective, namely European technological sovereignty. Through the efforts of each Member State, Europe must develop and implement its own key capabilities, thus reducing its dependence on other parts of the globe for the most important technologies.
Pictures: #Dragos Preda, State Secretary Minister – the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communications and #Dr.Sorin Dobircianu, sr. lead expert NATO & government, regional manager Eastern Europe #DEFENCE UNLIMITED (www.defenceunlimited.com)
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