Committee work

EuroISPA’s Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Committee enables its members to exchange knowledge about current security challenges and national good practice models. The Committee also works with the European institutions and international organisations to ensure a harmonised framework for digital security in Europe. Our members’ technical expertise and experience can guide policy that protects key network infrastructure and citizens fundamental rights, improving the cooperation between governments and industry and allowing the Internet industry to thrive as an economic enabler.

Key ongoing dossiers

  • Cross-border access to electronic evidence (E-Evidence Package, Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention, etc.)
  • Data Retention
  • Revision of the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS 2 Directive)
  • Europol Regulation

Committee Chairs

The Chairs of the above-mentioned Committees are as follows:

  • Cybercrime & Cybersecurity – Chair: Andreas Gruber (ISPA Austria)
  • Data Protection & Privacy – Chair: Oliver Süme (eco)
  • Innovation & Growth – Chair: Asko Metsola (FiCOM)
  • Intermediary liability – Chair: Andrea Monti (AIIP)
  • International Affairs – Chair: Malcolm Hutty (LINX)
  • Markets & Services – Chair: Till Sommer (ISPA UK)
  • Safer Internet – Chair: Alex de Joode (AMS-IX)

“Both data protection and the legal challenges around the availability of non-personal data remain a key topic in the process of transitioning Europe into a data economy. In this regard, the analysis of overlap and interdependency of the GDPR, the European Data Act, and the upcoming Artificial Intelligence Act will be of high importance for EuroISPA’s Data Protection Committee. In addition, the Association will continue to monitor the development of the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework and the further legislative process regarding the ePrivacy Regulation.”

“In 2022, the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Committee continued its strong engagement at EU level and beyond. Among other things, the Committee was able to ensure the inclusion of a secure data exchange system in the final text of the E-Evidence Regulation, and that the situation of small providers was sufficiently taken into account in the adoption of the NIS 2 Directive. The year 2023 will be dedicated to the national implementation of these new frameworks, where the Committee will continue to play an active role and assist its members. Besides this, new topics such as the Cyber Resilience Act will move into the focus.”

“Intermediary liability is a serious matter that should be handled with the utmost care. Since the beginning of the Information Society, European ISPs have not shied away from the legal challenges that have arisen. Over time, they have contributed to the work of the legislators and supported law enforcement in the field, bearing all the costs. Unfortunately, the contribution of the ISPs has often been neglected and, in general, the regulatory approach has been to shift to them the tasks that belong to the public authorities. However, the Intermediary Liability Committee will continue to provide experience and expertise to policy makers and legislators to ensure that the rights of the ISP industry are supported in the context of the rule of law and the protection of fundamental rights.”

“Children’s online protection is a key priority for EuroISPA’s Safer Internet Committee, and our members have a longstanding relationship with law enforcement authorities to assist them in the fight against CSAM. In the last year, we have met with several EU policymakers working on the proposed CSAM Regulation to provide the technical expertise of our diverse membership on the matter. In 2023, we will continue our engagement efforts, participating in further meetings and events. EuroISPA will have a key role to play in moving away from a polarised debate and instead focusing on the technical implications of the proposed CSAM Regulation.”

“Now that almost all Member States have implemented the DSM Directive, the Innovation and Growth Committee can turn its eyes to newer, maybe more national developments. We’ll continue to monitor any proposals related to geo-blocking, the territorial dimension of the single market, and different kinds of tax levies. In addition to the Committee’s work, I will be attending the EUIPO Observatory Working Groups on EuroISPA’s behalf.”

“In 2022, the Markets and Services Committee continued its work on 5G & Network Deployment, analyzing developments in each national country and identifying barriers and issues that were brought in front of EU lawmakers. Also, the Committee had a strong look at the impact of the Energy crisis on the Internet infrastructure and the services of its members and fostered the exchanges with all stakeholders. The year 2023 will be dedicated to strengthening the activities of the Committee on connectivity issues related the Internet, in the wake of the initiative of the Gigabit Infrastructure Act proposed by the European Commission.”

“EuroISPA actively represents the views of the European Internet industry before the most relevant Internet Governance and ICT cooperation organisations such as ICANN, EuroDIG, the Internet Governance Forum and the Council of Europe. Our International Affairs Committee brings our members the latest developments and relevant trends at international level, providing a technical forum to discuss the future of our sector.”