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August 13, 2022

PM Ciuca: Digital transformation and cyber security are two indispensable pillars for Romania’s modernization

Digital transformation and cyber security are two indispensable pillars for Romania’s modernization, and our country is taking more and more steps in this direction, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said in a message on the occasion of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum.

“The critical infrastructure makes the institutions work and the services have continuity even in the most critical situations, under the strongest attacks we suffer, unfortunately, every day. The responsibility is a unitary one and belongs, first of all, to the public institutions when it comes to the protection of national critical infrastructure, which is fundamental to the vital economic and social activities of all citizens. However, the protection of critical infrastructure is also a responsibility that belongs to the society, and to each of us, to ensure the existence and functioning of our communities and so that we can have the continuity of the services we all benefit from,” Nicolae Ciuca declared in the message sent to the 5th edition of the International Conference “Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum” (CIP Forum V 2022).

The head of the Executive stressed the need for close collaboration between the private sector and public sector actors, mentioning in this regard the initiatives of ICI Bucharest (National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics).

“I would like to mention in this context the example of ICI Bucharest, the organizer of this forum, that acted on its own initiative to develop a series of centers and infrastructures to increase its capacity in the fields related to research, development, training and regulation of the blockchain, a technology that is of great interest not only from the perspective of cryptocurrencies, but also for applications in logistics, public administration, data protection, and many more. Thus, partnerships have been established with private entities to promote digital hubs and clusters to enhance the national capacity for innovation and development of new technologies. In this regard, I would like to mention the European Center for Excellence in Blockchain; the Blockchain Services and Development Laboratory; the Executive Blockchain Laboratory, with a role in education; Cryptocurrencies Investigation and Compliance Center; Cyber Diplomacy Center.

He added that ICI Bucharest was the first entity in Romania to implement an European blockchain services infrastructure (EBSI) functional node, which will help stimulate the development of the blockchain industry in the European Union.

He also reiterated in the message that he has authorized the creation of a national register of non-fungible tokens, also known as NFTs, which will be a basis for supporting the digital arts, but also for new categories of public services that can use this technology for Romania to keep up with the rapid developments in other countries, that intend to hold a leading role in the blockchain industry.

Nicolae Ciuca also referred to the danger posed by cyber attacks, especially in the current geopolitical context.

“Only since the beginning of the Russian Federation’s aggression in Ukraine – and strictly in this context – Romanian state authorities, such as the National Directorate for Cyber Security, have identified and countered more than 14,000 elements of infrastructure used in cyber attacks against Romania and its allies,” premier Ciuca went on to say, according to Agerpres.

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