The Support Facility for the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network offers support and training for BCOs through an annual programme of knowledge exchange and capacity-building. This Annual Work Plan Summary outlines the objectives and activities planned for 2020. The programme will include events, publications and video interviews dedicated to increasing the capacity of European BCOs to bring broadband connectivity to all citizens, with an emphasis on bridging the digital gap between urban and rural areas and reaching the Gigabit Society objectives.
Each year, BEREC organises a study trip to a non-EU country to gain insights from the local electronic communications markets and digital ecosystem. This year from 19 to 24 January, the BEREC Chair for 2020 Mr Dan Sjöblom (PTS) and Vice-Chairs Mr Jeremy Godfrey (ComReg), Mr Michel van Bellinghen (BIPT), Dr Monika Karas (NMHH), Mr Tonko Obuljen (HAKOM) and Mr Sasho Dimitrijoski accompanied by Mr Tom Boyce (ComReg), Mr Ola Bergstrom (PTS) and Ms Anna Maria Toth (NMHH) will visit the west coast of the United States of America.
The delegation is scheduled to meet with equipment manufacturers, service providers, organisations and research centres that impact and influence not only the electronic communications sector but also the wider digital ecosystem. Specifically, the delegation will meet with representatives from Apple, Cisco, Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, SpaceX, ICANN and Stanford University.
Today, the European Commission kicks off two projects to build Cybersecurity capacity and strengthen the collaboration on Cyber threats and incidents in the EU. These are public procurements, within the cybersecurity objective of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)-telecoms programme, which were awarded further to open calls for tenders.
Advocate General’s Opinions in Case C-623/17 Privacy International, and Joined Cases C-511/18 La Quadrature du Net and Others and C-512/18 French Data Network and Others, and Case C-520/18 Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone and Others
The Directive on privacy and electronic communications is applicable, in principle, when the providers of electronic communication services are obliged by law to retain the data of their subscribers and to allow the public authorities access to that data, irrespective of whether those obligations are imposed on national security grounds.