Digital Single Market

The “Digital Single Market” aims at removing barriers in the digital world.

It therefore facilitates access to goods and services, and ensures that citizens, governments and businesses can benefit from the digital revolution. CECIMO is contributing to the EU debate on how to advance the digital single market and become a world leader in the digital economy.

Artificial Intelligence

CECIMO has been following the evolution of artificial intelligence policy since the European Commission published its Communication on “Artificial Intelligence for Europe” in April 2018. Our industry believes that the European Commission should continue investing in key initiatives and research in AI and related sectors and encourage the uptake by the private sector.

CECIMO is part of the European AI Alliance and has been engaging with the EU institutions and other stakeholders on how to promote the development of AI in Europe and address new challenges brought by AI such as the future of work.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of the priorities for the manufacturing sector, since most of the manufacturing processes are connected to ICT products and services. CECIMO’s industry wants to provide its customers with safe, reliable and secure products, services and processes.

The European Commission proposed to improve the EU’s cyber resilience and defence through a Regulation on the Cybersecurity Act, which aims at strengthening the European Union Agency for Network Information Security (ENISA) and creating a voluntary EU cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products. CECIMO believes that the current proposal could potentially put increased pressure on our industries’ products, services, systems and processes, or a combination of those in case of a third-party certification assessment.

Privacy and electronic communication

The EC tabled a proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications to replace the current 2002 e-Privacy Directive. The intended Regulation will apply to machine to machine communications (M2M) and CECIMO is following the debate in particular with regards to the requirement for consent from the end user and the collection of information from end user’s terminal equipment.

Free Flow of non-personal data in the EU

The new regulation on free flow of non-personal data aims at unrestricted movement of data across borders and IT systems in the EU. CECIMO welcomes a legislation that provides greater flexibility for companies in organizing their data management and data analytics. Greater availability of data is vital for predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

Article 6 of the Regulation foresees the development of self-regulatory codes of conduct for switching cloud-service-providers easier. CECIMO Secretariat advocates for clear and fair agreements for cloud services.

Collaborations

CECIMO is also collaborating with different European Association for a dynamic and forward-looking manufacturing.

Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General, is Co-Chair of the Working Group on Smart Manufacturing Industry of AIOTI (Alliance For Internet of Things Innovation), which aims at fostering the cooperation among IoT players in Europe.

CECIMO is also Member of the European Internet Forum (EIF). EIF has a continuous programme of debates and special projects which aims at creates a space for greater understanding of the digital world.

Lately, he has been appointed rapporteur for the Strategic Value chain of the Industrial Internet of Things within the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs), an initiative of the European Commission.

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