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Governance — The Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking

The proposed governance structure of the SNS Joint Undertaking is composed of a Governing Board, states representatives group, Executive Director and the stakeholder group.

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The Governing Board

The Governing Board is composed of representatives of the public and private members. It is responsible for the Joint Undertaking’s decision-making, including the preparation of the work programmes and funding decisions related to the research and innovation activities under Horizon Europe.
The Governing Board also provides strategic guidance and contributes to the work programmes of other EU programmes that are implementing activities in the area of smart networks and services, such as CEF 2 Digital, DEP and InvestEU. It adopts the SDAs for pan-European 5G corridors for connected and automated mobility.

Names of Board Members

Representatives from 6GIA

  • Colin Willcock – Nokia (Chair of the SNS Governing Board)
  • Damir Filipovic – AIOTI
  • David Kennedy – Eurescom
  • Toon Norp – TNO
  • Hugo Tullberg – Ericsson

Representatives from the European Commission

  • Pearse O’ Donohue (Vice Chair of the SNS Governing Board)
  • Bernard Barani

    The States Representatives Group (SRG)

    The states representatives group provides guidance on all strategic issues as well as all relevant activities of the partnership. In particular, it provides guidance for R&I under Horizon Europe and for deployment activities under CEF2 Digital or other EU programmes. It is composed of representatives of each Member State and Associated Country.

    The Executive Director

    The Executive Director is the chief executive responsible for the Joint Undertaking’s day-to-day management.

    The stakeholder group

    The stakeholder group is open to all public and private stakeholders active in the field of the smart networks and services. It will provide inputs and feedback on the JU’s planned activities. 

    1st Meeting of the Governing Board - 15 December 2021

    At its 1st meeting (agenda.pdf) the Board adopted the following:

    Staff rules adopted by written procedure by the Governing Board


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