EU Policy Update – Summer 2022
In a nutshell: The Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ 2030 policy programme. The Council of the EU released its Conclusions on EU Digital Diplomacy. The European Parliament issued a Study on internet fragmentation and on Europe’s PegasusGate. The Council of the EU issued its compromise text on the EUID proposal, while ITRE’s Draft Report received numerous amendments. Further information was provided on the political agreement on the CER Directive.
CENTR expresses concerns on the geographical indications reform in the EU
CENTR, the association of European national top-level domain name registries (ccTLDs) such as .ie or .eu, has published a comment on the geographical indications reform in the EU, expressing its concern for the potential implications of extending GI protection to domain names. CENTR welcomes the overall goal of revising the geographical indications (GI) legal framework in the EU to ensure the production of quality agricultural, craft and industrial products, but fears that the current proposal could have unwarranted consequences on the domain name system, and thus on the functioning of the essential internet infrastructure.
CENTR publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 2/2022
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 2/2022 has been published. It covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with a specific focus on the European ccTLD market.
CENTR Report on IETF114: DNS remains a hot topic
IETF 114 was held in Philadelphia, between 23 July and 29 July. Marco Davids from SIDN Labs attended the meeting and has written a summary of the main points of relevance for CENTR members.
Weekly News back in August
The Weekly News will be going on holiday for the next couple of weeks, and will return in the week of 1 August. The CENTR Secretariat wishes you a wonderful summer!
EU Policy Update - June 2022
In a nutshell: the Czech Republic unveiled its Presidency Programme. Progress was made on many important legislative files for internet infrastructure actors: the European Parliament adopted the Digital Services Act, the Council of the EU published its political agreement on NIS 2, and political agreements were reached on the CER Directive and on core elements of the e-Evidence package. As for the EUID Regulation, ITRE issued its draft report, and Members of the European Parliament suggested amendments to the proposal within several Parliamentary committees.
EU Policy Update – May 2022
In a nutshell: The Council adopted its position for the ‘Path to the Digital Decade’ 2030 policy programme. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a political agreement on the NIS 2 Directive and continued negotiating for consensus on the CER Directive. The European Data Protection Supervisor issued its opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation on cybersecurity measures in the EU institutions. The European Commission issued its proposal for a CSAM Regulation and its Strategy for a better internet for kids. Europol published a report on misleading invoice fraud targeting the owners of intellectual property rights. The 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention opened for signature in Strasbourg, whilst the European Union and the United States issued a Joint Statement at the Trade and Technology Council in Paris.
The CENTR community meets again in person at the 2022 Jamboree
From 31 May to 2 June CENTR held its annual Jamboree meeting in Prague, kindly hosted by CZ.NIC, the Czech national domain name registry. With more than 190 in-person participants and over 90 online, this is the first time the whole community has gathered in-person since the Jamboree in 2019.
Interview with Ulrich Wisser, outgoing chair of the Technical Working Group
CENTR’s longstanding co-chair of the Technical Working Group, Ulrich Wisser, recently left Internetstiftelsen to start a new chapter. We took the opportunity to look back at his time in the CENTR community and his invaluable contribution as a Working Group chair, and to ask him a few questions.
2022 CENTR Board of Directors offsite conclusions
The CENTR Board of Directors met in Ljubljana on 11 and 12 May for a strategic offsite meeting. The focus of the meeting was to review the 2022 strategic and longer-term financial plan, and to consider various strategic questions such as CENTR’s external engagement, engagement within the membership and CENTR’s vision and mission statements. For part of the meeting, the Board was also joined by CENTR staff, who delved into some concrete questions with strategic implications in their areas of expertise.