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The Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, together with the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, hold a public conversation on “Security Through Cooperation: A New Phase of US-EU Cyber Collaboration.”

The Biden administration and EU leaders have both signaled strong commitments to a renewal of the transatlantic partnership and closer cooperation on issues such as cybersecurity. How can the US and EU take advantage of the momentum for closer collaboration on cybersecurity?

In 2021, Bucharest will become the home of the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, facilitating the coordination of national cybersecurity competence centers across EU member states and driving the EU’s cybersecurity agenda. While the Centre will coordinate cybersecurity research and innovation in the EU, it will also serve as a body for pooling investment in cybersecurity research and development. The Centre is tasked with coordinating across member states, attracting technical investment, and implementing parts of the Digital Europe and the Horizon Europe programs, and its opening in Bucharest signals the increased commitment by the EU to tackle cybersecurity challenges.

What does the Centre mean for the future of Europe, for transatlantic security (NATO), US-EU cyber cooperation, and the strategic partnership between the United States and Romania? This public conversation aims to unpack these issues and outline suggestions for greater security through cooperation.

Introductory remarks

Safa Shahwan Edwards
Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Michele Markoff
Acting Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Office of the Secretary of State
United States Department of State


Dr. Kenneth Geers
Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Bogdan Cătălin Ghelbere
Adjunct Secretary General
Government of Romania

Dan Cimpean
General Director

Liliana Musetan
IT Security Risk Management Programme Manager
European Commission

Marco Barros Lourenco
Team Leader for Research and Innovation
European Union Agency for Cybersecurity

Concluding Remarks

Alex Serban
Senior Fellow & Director for Romania 
Atlantic Council

Dorin Munteanu
Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Europe Center

Providing expertise and building communities to promote transatlantic leadership and a strong Europe in turbulent times.

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), works at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.

The Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce (RACC™) is the oldest bilateral trade association dedicated to the development of prosperous business relationships between Romania and the United States.

CERT-RO is the Romanian national competent authority for networks and information systems, under the coordination of the Prime Minister of Romania.