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European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network
Press release23 June 2022Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

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

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

ECCC Governing Board

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 .


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The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) aims to increase Europe’s cybersecurity capacities and competitiveness, working together with a Network of National Coordination Centres (NCCs) to build a strong cybersecurity Community.

The Centre and the Network will pool resources from the EU, its Member States , as well industry, academia and other stakeholders, to improve and strengthen technology and industrial cybersecurity capacities, enhancing EU's open strategic autonomy.

The Centre will manage 2021-2027 EU funding from the Digital Europe and Horizon Europe Programmes, as well as contributions from Member States. In 2021-2022 the EU is investing more than €300 million in topics such as cyber threat intelligence, cybersecurity upgrades in SMEs, cyber in the health sector, cyber secured hardware and operating systems, or training and skills.

The Governing Board of the Centre is composed of representatives from the Member States (27 members), the Commission (2 members) and the European cybersecurity agency-ENISA (1 permanent observer). Last February, the Governing Board elected Pascal Steichen, from Luxembourg, as its Chair, and Katarzyna Prusak-Gorniak, from Poland, as its Vice-Chair.  The European Commission is running the Centre until it can operate fully independently, with Miguel González Sancho currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the Centre.