Highlights of our work
Through its member societies, CEPIS is active in various topical fields of the digital world. Below you can find out about the most important initiatives on a pan-European level.
Informatics for All Coalition
CEPIS Computing in Schools group is a founding member of Informatics for All, a coalition that aims at getting academia, industry, government and society together to influence education policy in Europe towards the full recognition and establishment of Informatics as a foundational discipline in schools. The other founding members are ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe.
In 2019, CEPIS joined the EU4Digital project. It is a project funded through the European Neighbourhood Instrument and coordinated by EY Baltic and the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA). It is aimed at delivering the benefits of the Digital Single Market to the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
CEPIS’s role as a partner in the EU4Digital project focuses on providing expert guidance on methodology and reviewing the project’s deliverables in the Action point 6.1 – Define a common methodology in the EaP region for measuring and forecasting national digital skills gaps and 6.2 – to establish national coalitions for digital jobs and a competence framework for small businesses.
CEPIS position on the Regulation on cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal matters
The European Commission’s draft proposal for a Regulation on cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal matters includes enabling law enforcement authorities of a Member State (issuing state) to directly oblige providers established in another Member State (enforcing state) to disclose metadata and content data of their customers.
The CEPIS Legal and Security Issues expert group has drafted an open letter which strongly warns against this initiative. The proposal deprives states of the ability to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens. It undermines European data protection law and threatens to damage the existing international system of mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Only two years after the deadline for implementing the European investigation order, it has not been clarified whether there are any gaps in cross-border criminal prosecution.