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€36 Million to Digitally Connect Europe

    July 23, 2020

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is nearing completion. The final challenge of the CEF Telecom working challenge was opened for submissions of proposals for cybersecurity, digital capabilities, and eHealth programmes on June 30.

The CEF Telecom programme aims to ease cross-border interaction between public administration bodies, companies, and citizens using digital infrastructure services.

The goal of the cybersecurity challenge is to strengthen cooperation in resolving cybersecurity incidents, cybersecurity certification, building common resources, and supporting the implementation of security measures among basic service operators. It will be possible to submit proposals through a web-based form from June 30 to November 5, 2020.

The procedure for submitting projects, the selection process, and the subsequent co-financing is described on the website.

Subsidies reaching up to 75% of recognized costs are planned for selected projects. The challenge has a total financial allocation of €10 million. Public administration bodies that can compete for financial support are defined for every goal in the cybersecurity challenge. You can find more information about the challenge  here.

23 - 24 September 2020: The Second Year of the Prague 5G Security Conference

The second Prague 5G Security Conference will take place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September 2020. Due to the epidemic situation, it will take place virtually. The opening and closing of the conference are open to the public and the media. The conference will be opened by Karel Řehka, Director of the National Cyber ​​and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) who will welcome the participants as the representative of the main organizing institution. The introductory speech will be given by the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, under whose auspices the conference is conducted. United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Home Secretary Peter Dutton and European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová will also address the audience in their opening statements. The conference will be a two-day event and will cover a wide range of topics, from specific national regulatory steps in the past year, through 5G research and development to supply chain security assessments. The conference will end on Thursday with the closing remarks of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček and subsequently by the Director of NÚKIB Karel Řehka. The Prague 5G Security Conference is the world's leading forum for discussing the risks associated with the roll-out of 5G infrastructure. Last year’s  conference was concluded with the publication of the so-called Prague Proposals, which summarized the basic recommendations for the secure launch of the 5th generation mobile networks. More than 1,100 participants are invited to this year's conference, including representatives of governments, research institutions and major operators. Over 50 speakers from various fields related to 5G will take the floor during the conference.