Satellites for public safety to be discussed during PSCE-ESA workshop  


Artist s impression of the Eutelsat Konnect satellite pillars

On November 9, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) together with the European Space Agency (ESA) is holding an open workshop to introduce interested stakeholders to ESA’s Space Systems for Safety and Security (4s) programme. The event will be the occasion to show the results of two studies carried out to identify end-users needs for satellite in the public safety domain.

Programme and registration available here:

International Cybersecurity Forum to boost cooperation in the field

The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC), the leading European event on Cybersecurity, is happening until 9 September. The event, which started on 7 September, features a trade show for buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions to meet and network and a Forum to foster reflection and exchanges among the European #cybersecurity ecosystem.

After a 2020 edition that highlighted the key role of Human beings in cybersecurity, the FIC 2021 will focus on the major operational, industrial, technological, and strategic challenges of cooperation. To overcome them, the FIC undertakes:

  1. To bring together an ever-broader ecosystem
  2. To accelerate the development of the industry and the European cybersecurity market by becoming its reference marketplace
  3. To strengthen the role of innovation, more particularly in the field of Artificial Intelligence
  4. To propose high-level content with an ever-greater variety of themes
  5. To further increase its international focus and European importance
  6. To adopt a phygital approach that will enable to combine physical and virtual realities and offer an «augmented» FIC.

Read the FIC’s programme here

Cybersecurity: All EU Member States commit to build a quantum communication infrastructure

With the latest signature by Ireland of the political declaration to boost European capabilities in quantum technologies, cybersecurity and industrial competitiveness, all Member States have now committed to work together, along with the European Commission and the European Space Agency, to build the EuroQCI, a secure quantum communication infrastructure that will span the whole EU.

Such high-performing, secure communications networks will be essential to meeting Europe’s cybersecurity needs in the years to come, the Commission said.

“I am very happy to see all EU Member States come together to sign the EuroQCI declaration – European Quantum Communication infrastructure initiative - a very solid basis for Europe’s plans to become a major player in quantum communications. As such, I encourage them all to be ambitious in their activities, as strong national networks will be the foundation of the EuroQCI,” said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age.

The EuroQCI initiative is seen by the Commission as a key component of forthcoming secure connectivity initiative, to allow Europeans to have access to protected, reliable communication services.

The EuroQCI will be part of a wider Commission action to launch a satellite-based secure connectivity system that will make high-speed broadband available everywhere in Europe. This plan will provide reliable, cost-effective connectivity services with enhanced digital security. As such, the EuroQCI will complement existing communication infrastructures with an additional layer of security based on the principles of quantum mechanics – for example, by providing services based on quantum key distribution, a highly secure form of encryption.

EDPB and EDPS raise law enforcement concerns over Commission's proposal on AI

During its June plenary, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted a joint opinion along with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), on the Artificial Intelligence Act. 

The EDPB and EDPS strongly welcome the proposal's scope and the fact that it extends to the provision and use of AI systems by EU institutions, bodies or agencies. However, the exclusion of international law enforcement cooperation from the scope set of the proposal raises serious concerns for the EDPB and EDPS, as such exclusion creates a significant risk of circumvention, such as  third countries or international organisations operating high-risk applications relied on by public authorities in the EU.

The EDPB and the EDPS welcome the risk-based approach underpinning the Commission's proposal. However, this approach should be clarified and the concept of “risk to fundamental rights” aligned with the GDPR and the Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 (EUDPR), since aspects related to the protection of personal data come into play, the two EU bodies stated.


Council approves conclusions for a "Globally Connected Europe"

On July 12, the Council approved conclusions on “A Globally Connected Europe”, highlighting the need for the EU to pursue a geostrategic and global approach to connectivity. The aim is to advance its economic, foreign and development policy and security interests and to promote European values.

The conclusions build on the 2018 Joint Communication and Council Conclusions, “Connecting Europe and Asia – building blocks for an EU Strategy”, reaffirming the same basic principle, that connectivity should be sustainable, comprehensive, and rules-based.

The Council conclusions highlighted the importance of connectivity for economic growth, security and resilience. Essentialy, better connectivity would contribute to the diversification of value chains, reduce strategic dependencies and boost competitiveness for the EU and its partners.