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ECSO High Level Discussion 2022

Event -Brussels, Belgium -29th June 2022

ECSO High Level Discussion 2022

ECSO has the pleasure to resume the organisiation of its High Level Discussion on the 29th June 2022 from 14:00 to 17:00 CET. The event will take place at the Bozar Museum in Brussels, Belgium, right after ECSO's annual General Assembly.

The discussion will cover the following important topics:


  • The new European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, the wide European Cybersecurity Community and the needed skills and competences.
  • The European Digital Sovereignty and the investments and actions needed to reduce the strategic dependency of Europe in cybersecurity.


The discussion will be joined by high-level decision makers from both the public and private sector: Axel Deininger (ECSO Chairperson and ECSO Member Secunet’s CEO), Despina Spanou (Head of Cabinet for the Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas), Juhani Hintikka (ECSO Member WithSecure), Pascal Steichen (Chair of the Governing Board of the European Cybersecurity Competence Center (ECCC)), and more.

This event is open to all ECSO Members. External stakeholders can attended only upon invitation.




Agenda of the ECSO High Level Discussion

14:00 15:20 COMPETENCE CENTRE - COMMUNITY - SKILLS


Public sector initial statements (20 minutes).

  • NEED FOR SKILLS: Despina Spanou: Head of Cabinet for EC VP M.Schinas
  • NEED FOR TRUSTED PRODUCTS: Pierre-Yves Jolivet, Vice-President Cyber Defence Solutions, Thales (FR)
  • NEED FOR EU TECHNOLOGIES: Florent Kirchner: Head of the software and engineering division, CEA (FR)
  • THE ECCC and the COMMUNITY: Pascal Steichen: Chair of the ECCC Governing Board and CEO of SECURITYMADEIN.LU
  • EU INDUSTRIAL POLICY & COMPETITIVENESS: Juhani Hintikka: CEO Withsecure (FI)


15:20 - 15:30 TRANSITION


15:30 - 17:00 EUROPEAN CYBER SOVEREIGNTY & INVESTMENTS


  • ECSO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INCREASED EU CYBER AUTONOMY / SOVREIGNTY: Axel Deininger: CEO secunet (DE) and ECSO Chairperson (DE)
  • SUPPORT TO EUROPEAN SMEs: Jean-Nöel de Galzain: CEO Wallix and Hexatrust President (FR)
  • DEDICATED INVESTMENTS ON EU SMEs AND MORE: François Lavaste: Executive Director Tikehau Ace Capital (FR)
  • SOVREIGNTY & INVESTMENTS IN EU PROGRAMMES: Miguel Gonzalez Sancho, Head of Unit “Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building” DG CNECT and interim ECCC Director
  • SOVREIGNTY & INVESTMENTS IN MEMBMER STATES PROGRAMMES: Representative from Member State national administration (invited)
  • TRUSTED EU CYBERSECURITY IN PUBLIC PRIVATE APPROACH FOR A STRONGER EU ECONOMY AND SOCIETY: Falk Herrmann: CEO Rhode & Schwarz Cybersecurity (GE)


Discussion with participants (40 minutes).