24 February 2021

Establishing the Competence Centre in Bucharest and Building the Network

This online evening panel discussion took place during the 2021 winter CyberSec4Europe General Meeting.


24 February 2021


Online with the friendly support of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union

On 9 December 2020, the European Council voted to locate the EU’s future cybersecurity research hub in Bucharest. The European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, as it is formally known, is a key part of the planned European Cybersecurity Competence Network and Centre, which aims to help the EU continue to build the capacity necessary to secure the Digital Single Market. The Competence Centre will seek to achieve its overall mission by setting up and helping to coordinate the National Coordination Centres Network and the Cybersecurity Competence Community; and by implementing cybersecurity-related financial support from the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programmes. This evening’s panel discussion explored both how Europe proposes to achieve its cybersecurity objectives over the coming two to three years as well as the role of the industrial and academic cybersecurity community across Romania.

Read a report of the event here or on the European Commission’s ‘Shaping Europe’s digital future‘ web page.

Watch a recording of the event here!



18.30 Event opening

19.00 Welcome:

  • Marc Weinmeister, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen
  • Kai Rannenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, CyberSec4Europe Co-ordinator

19.10 Panel Discussion:  Establishing the Competence Centre in Bucharest and Building the Network


  • Miguel González-Sancho, Head of Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Ramona Niță, Counselor Telecommunications, Cyber Security, Digital Internal Market, Postal Services, Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU
  • Stelian Brad, President, Cluj IT Cluster and Professor, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Monica Florea, Director of European projects, SIMAVI
  • Virgil D. Gligor, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Moderator:  David Goodman, Trust in Digital Life

20.30 Event end