Romania will host, in Bucharest, the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre – Cyber Centre, being the first EU structure to be based in our country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes with great satisfaction the decision taken by the EU member states to locate in Bucharest the headquarters of the future European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (EU’s Cyber Centre), following the voting procedure held on December 9 in Brussels and completed this morning. For Romania, the decision has historical value, given that the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre is the first structure of the EU that our country hosts as a member state,” reads the MAE press release sent to AGERPRES.
According to the ministry, Romania’s success is “even more relevant” in the context of “strong” competition between several member states.
“The decision to place the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre in Bucharest recognizes Romania’s firm commitment to consolidating the European project and the special expertise that our country has in the field of digital and cybersecurity,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The result obtained by Romania was possible following “intense” diplomatic efforts in the last period, both in Bucharest and Brussels, and in the capitals of the member states, the quoted source explained.
“Romania brings a certain added value to the development of cybersecurity in Europe and internationally, and the trust given today by the member states reconfirms this contribution. I am convinced that the decision to establish the Cyber Centre in Bucharest, the first EU structure in Romania, it will contribute to the promotion of a comprehensive and inclusive approach within the Union in this field, to the strengthening of the security of the Digital Single Market and to the fulfillment of the EU objectives in the digital age,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu said.
The proposal for a regulation establishing the EU Cyber Centre was launched by the European Commission in 2018, being discussed even during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
The member states decided to initiate an open competition to establish the headquarters of this center, and interested countries have submitted applications by November 6. Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Munich), Lithuania (Vilnius), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Poland (Warsaw), Spain (Leon) and Romania (Bucharest) entered the competition. The European Commission published its evaluation of the applications submitted on December 2.
The selection procedure for establishing the headquarters of the future Cyber Centre was held in Brussels on Wednesday and completed this morning. Following the vote of the member states, it was decided that the headquarters of the centre would be located in Bucharest.
According to the MAE, the Cyber Centre will be “a key structure” in the context of EU-wide efforts to shape a European cybersecurity ecosystem. The centre will play an important role in supporting the creation of links between public and private actors in the field, academia and the EU industry, while also ensuring coordination between the national cybersecurity centres in the member states.
The centre will also act to stimulate research and technological innovation in order to strengthen cybersecurity within the European Union, being the main body for managing European funds available through the two programs relevant to the sector – Digital Europe and Horizon Europe, Agerpres informs.
President Iohannis: A real success , a result of very intense diplomatic efforts
President Klaus Iohannis hails the diplomatic success of Romania, which will be the future host of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center, while highlighting that this is a special opportunity for our country to contribute to the cybersecurity of all EU Member States.
“I hail the exceptional diplomatic success of Romania, which will be the future host of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center, to be located in Bucharest. This is also a special opportunity to contribute to the cybersecurity of all EU Member States, by stimulating research and innovation in the field,” the President wrote on Twitter.
The head of state said on Thursday in Brussels that Romania’s decision to host the Cyber Center is “a real success” and the result of “very intense diplomatic efforts.”
“I would like to welcome the decision taken by the member states of the European Union regarding the location in Bucharest of the future European Cybersecurity Competence Center, the first European agency to be hosted by Romania. This result represents a real success, following very intense diplomatic efforts, as well as a special opportunity for our country to contribute to the cyber security of all Member States, by stimulating research and innovation in this field,” the head of state said ahead of the European Council meeting in Brussels.
Interim PM Ciuca: Hosting by Romania of EU Cyber Center – powerful signal of trust; historical moment
Interim Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca hailed the hosting by Romania of its first structure of the European Union – the European Cybersecurity Competence Center, emphasizing that this represents a powerful signal of trust and recognition of our country’s contribution to the development of cybersecurity in Europe and the world.
“The Cyber Center of the EU, the first structure of the European Union hosted in Romania, it’s a powerful signal of trust and recognition of our country’s contribution to the development of cybersecurity in Europe and the world. It’s a historic moment, which gives Romania the possibility to contribute to the fulfilling of EU objectives in the digital era,” said Nicolae Ciuca, on Thursday, in a post on the Facebook page of the Government.
According to the interim Prime Minister, the fact that Bucharest won a close competition with another six European cities is the merit of sustained efforts on the part of all the institutions involved in this process.
“The fact that Bucharest won a very tight competition with another six important European cities is the merit of the sustained efforts of all the institutions involved in this process and proof of fulfilling the necessary conditions: cyber security of 5G networks, connectivity at the highest standards and an developed ecosystem of cyber security, as well as a significant number of IT&C specialists and innovative tech companies. The Cyber Center will act to stimulate technological research and development in view of consolidating cyber security within the Union. I congratulate the team that prepared and promoted the file at the level of the European Commission and I assure you of the firm support of the Government in successfully implementing this project,” Ciuca also said.
Cimpean (CERT-RO): EU Cyber Center in Bucharest, hub of innovation, research and collaboration in cybersecurity for member states
The EU’s Cyber Center in Bucharest will initiate and run numerous European-funded programs and projects and will be a catalyst for cybersecurity innovation, research and collaboration for member states, Dan Cimpean, General Director of Romanian National Computer Security Incident Response Team (CERT-RO).
“Romania has carefully prepared its candidacy for the EU Cyber Center and has managed to decisively win a very fierce competition with other countries with significant investments and experience in cyber, such as Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland or Spain. It has been an intense team effort in recent months to bring this EU Cyber Center to Bucharest. It has been proven that several state institutions with responsibilities in the field can work very pragmatically and effectively to achieve a common, strategic goal for Romania. The EU Cyber Center will initiate and carry out numerous programs and projects financed with European funds and will be a catalyst for innovation, research and collaboration in the field of cybersecurity for EU member states We are looking forward to the inauguration of the Center and we would like a massive, active participation of the Romanian state’s institutions, private companies and universities in the cyber programs and projects that this center will carry out,” said Cimpean.
The CERT-RO official specified that the hosting in Bucharest of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center represents an attestation of the potential and the level of expertise that the Romanian specialists have in this field.
“Until yesterday’s historic decision in Brussels, our country did not host any EU agencies. The vote to host the European Cybersecurity Competence Center in Bucharest is a resounding result for Romania and a recognition at European level of the role that our country has, of the confidence regarding the level of expertise of the Romanian specialists in this field. At the same time, it is an important signal that the field of cyber security has become a priority for the Romanian state, for Romania, but also an attestation of the potential and the level of expertise that our specialists have in this top field,” underlined the head of CERT-RO .