The Cyber Competence Network, comprising the four pilots CyberSec4Europe, SPARTA, CONCORDIA and ECHO, organised a two-day concertation event from 9-11 December hosted online with the friendly support of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU.

The event highlighted to the European cybersecurity stakeholder community the progress that has been made in harnessing European expertise and resources in the broader context of the proposed legislation relating to a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and a Network of National Coordination Centres.

The program outline consisted of an introductory evening session with welcome addresses from the four pilot coordinators followed by a high-level panel discussion. The next one and a half days provided each pilot the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements and results to date through videos, presentations, tools, panel discussions, and also featured a series of focus groups that showcased the cooperation between the pilots on certain related cybersecurity topics.

All the CONVERGENCE sessions were recorded and can be found here.

See also the two articles on the European Commission’s Newsroom:

Focus Groups

Each focus group provided a short general introduction for those not acquainted with the subject area. The featured focus groups areas were:


Wednesday, 9 December 2020 

18:30    Welcome: Hessen Representation

  • Mark Weinmeister, Secretary of State for European Affairs of the State of Hessen

18:40    Welcome: Four pilot coordinators

19:00-20:30    Panel discussion

Moderator: David Goodman, CyberSec4Europe

Thursday, 10 December 2020

09:00   Introduction,  Kai Rannenberg, CyberSec4Europe

10:45     Break

12:45     Break

15:15     Break

17:15       Summary of the day, Sotiris Ioannidis, CONCORDIA

Friday, 11 December 2020

09:00     Introduction, Wim Mees, ECHO

10:45      Break

12:00      Panel discussion

Moderator: Luigi Rebuffi, ECSO

13:30      Summary of the day, Thibaud Antignac, SPARTA

13:35      Close, Kai Rannenberg, CyberSec4Europe

See also the Cyber Competence Network website.