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European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network

The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) aims to increase Europe’s cybersecurity capacities and competitiveness, working together with a Network of National Coordination Centres (NCCs) to build a strong cybersecurity Community.

About ECCC


The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC), together with the Network of National Coordination Centres (NCCs), is Europe’s new framework to support innovation and industrial policy in cybersecurity. This ecosystem will strengthen the capacities of the cybersecurity technology Community, shield our economy and society from cyberattacks, maintain research excellence and reinforce the competitiveness of EU industry in this field.

The ECCC, which will be located in Bucharest, will develop and implement, with Member States, industry and the cybersecurity technology Community, a common agenda for technology development and for its wide deployment in areas of public interest and in businesses, in particular SMEs. 

The Centre and the Network together will enhance our technological sovereignty through joint investment in strategic cybersecurity projects


The Centre and the Network will make strategic investment decisions and pool resources from the EU, its Member States and, indirectly, the industry to improve and strengthen technology and industrial cybersecurity capacities, enhancing the EU’s open strategic autonomy. The Centre will play a key role in delivering on the ambitious cybersecurity objectives of the Digital Europe Programme and Horizon Europe programmes.

The Centre together with the Network will support the deployment of innovative cybersecurity solutions. It will also facilitate collaboration and the sharing of expertise and capacities among all relevant stakeholders, in particular research and industrial communities, as well as public authorities, in the Community.

Regulation establishing the ECCC

On 8 June 2021, the Regulation establishing the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network was published.

During the negotiations that led to the adoption of the Regulation, the EU co-legislators (the European Parliament and the Council) agreed in particular on a co-financing approach by which Member States commit to contributing to the work of the Centre and the Network, while keeping individual Member States’ contributions voluntary. 

The co-legislators also agreed on the distribution of voting rights between Member States and the Union in the Centre’s Governing Board, giving the Union particular voting powers on decisions affecting the EU budget. 

The ECCC is a new EU body established under articles 173(3) and 188(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). 


The ECCC is currently being set up. The Commission will ensure the functioning of the ECCC until this new EU body can operate autonomously. 
The ECCC administrative and governance structure includes:

  • A Governing Board which provides strategic orientation and oversees ECCC activities. 
  • An Executive Director who is the ECCC’s legal representative and is responsible for its day-to-day management. 
  • A Strategic Advisory Group that ensures a comprehensive, ongoing and permanent dialogue between the Community and the Competence Centre.

The ECCC will closely cooperate with the Network of National Coordination Centres (NCCs), one per Member State, which support the cybersecurity Community at national level and under certain conditions can pass on EU funding.

Composition and operation of the Governing Board

  • Members of the Governing Board: One representative from each Member State and two representatives from the Commission (and an alternate for each representative), with cybersecurity knowledge and managerial skills; renewable term of four years
  • Observers, including ENISA as permanent observer, and other observers on an ad-hoc basis
  • A Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson elected among the members of the Governing Board for three years, once renewable.
  • The Executive Director will take part in the meetings of the Governing Board but shall have no right to vote

Decision making

  • In principle, all decisions are taken by consensus among the members of the Governing Board. 
  • Where decisions cannot be taken by consensus, decisions shall be taken by a majority of at least 75% of all votes, with every Member State and the Commission having one vote. For decisions concerning the description of “joint actions” and the conditions of their implementation, the vote is proportional to the financial contributions of the members participating in the action. 
  • The Union holds 26% voting rights for decisions affecting the EU budget.

Key functions of the Governing Board

  • To provide strategic orientations and oversee the Centre’s activities
  • To adopt the work programme, annual budget, consolidated annual activity report
  • To adopt the financial rules, the anti-fraud strategy, rules for the prevention and management of conflicts of interest, communication policy
  • To set up working groups within the Community 
  • To appoint the Executive Director and the Accounting Officer
  • To appoint the members of the Strategic Advisory Group 

Executive Director

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre
  • Responsible for the implementation of the tasks assigned to the Centre by the Regulation
  • Assists and supports the Governing Board on behalf of the staff of the ECCC
  • Prepares and implements the work programme and reports to the Governing Board 

National Coordination Centres (NCCs)

  • One NCC from each Member State
  • Nominated by Member States and notified to the Commission
  • Possess or have access to research and technological expertise in cybersecurity
  • Key function: national capacity building, and link with existing initiatives and national cyber community
  • Can effectively engage and coordinate with industry, academia and research community, citizens, and the public sector and authorities under NIS
  • Can receive direct EU grants
  • Can provide financial support to third parties

Strategic Advisory Group

  • Composition: 20 members appointed by the Governing Board from among the representatives of the entities of the cyber Community
  • Expertise in cybersecurity research, industrial development, professional services or products 
  • Two-year term, once renewable
  • Meets at least three times per year
  • Tasks
    • Advises the Governing Board on establishing working groups
    • Organises public consultations to collect input that it provides to the Executive Director and the Governing Board with regard to the agenda, the annual work programme and the multi-annual work programme


Temporary address

European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network
Avenue de Beaulieu 25, office of DG CNECT.H1 Secretariat
1160 - Auderghem / Oudergem
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 299 93 99

Temporary address for official correspondence

European Commission, DG CNECT
(Cybersecurity Competence Centre)
B -1049 Brussels, Belgium

Email contact 


Publication of a vacancy for the function of Executive Director - European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre

This is a senior manager position to lead a multidisciplinary team of professionals called to support a key priority area for the future of the European Union.

The Executive Director shall be responsible for operations and for the day-to-day management of the Centre and shall be its legal representative. The Executive Director shall be accountable to the Governing Board and perform his or her duties with complete independence within the powers assigned to her or him. The Executive Director shall be supported by the staff of the Centre.

The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network is now ready to take off

The regulation establishing a new Cybersecurity Competence Centre and a Network of National Coordination Centres has entered into force this week. The Cybersecurity Competence Centre, which will be located in Bucharest, will contribute to strengthening European cybersecurity capacities and to boosting research excellence and the competitiveness of the Union's industry in the cybersecurity field.

The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network moves forward: future Governing Board meets for the first time

The European Commission has organised an informal virtual meeting of the future Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, gathering representatives from Member States, the Commission and the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA. The meeting focused on the preparations for the establishment of the Centre and discussed the next steps, including practical aspects and the rules of procedure.

EU Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network: Governing Board meets for the first time

On April 16th the Commission organises the first meeting of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre’s (ECCC) “shadow” Governing Board, with representatives from Member States, the Commission and ENISA. This time the Board will meet on an informal capacity, further to the recent political agreement on the Regulation setting up the Centre and Network , and ahead of its entry into force expected in June. The first meeting will focus on the preparations and next steps on the establishment of the Cyber Centre, including decisions to be adopted by the Board once it will meet officially.

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