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CENTR L&R Working Group appoints Chair and new Vice-Chair

2021-02-18 News

During the first CENTR working group meeting of 2021 the Legal & Regulatory Working Group (L&R WG) appointed Ann-Cathrin Marcussen (Norid, .no) as Chair and Julie Michel (EURid, .eu) as Vice-Chair at the 64th CENTR Legal and Regulatory workshop. Both are appointed for a period of two years.

Julie is replacing Sanna Sahlman (Traficom, .fi) who served as Vice-Chair for the previous term. On behalf of the whole CENTR community, the Secretariat would like to thank Sanna for her dedication and service as Vice-Chair and warmly welcomes Julie to the ranks of Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the CENTR working groups.

On her appointment, Julie says: “I’m deeply honoured to have been elected as Vice Chair of the L&R WG and to have the privilege to assist Ann-Cathrin Marcussen in her role as Chair. At a time where ensuring cybersecurity and privacy is at the heart of many current debates, resilience and accountability are becoming even more paramount for the DNS community at the EU level. CENTR has an immense role to play in ensuring the interests of the ccTLDs community are taken into account in such a complex and evolving internet ecosystem. I look forward to working with CENTR, its members and the Board in realising the strategy and projects established over the next term”.

The coming years will be crucial from a legislative perspective as the European Commission has recently published a series of proposals that could have a profound effect on ccTLDs as part of its ambitious new digital strategy. See our most recent EU Policy Update to find out more.

This workshop kicks off the first set of working group meetings of the year, followed by the Administrative group this week, and the Marketing, Security and Technical groups gathering next week.

It also marks the beginning of a pilot sustainability initiative that CENTR will be running this year. Over the course of 2021, CENTR will plant a tree for each survey response it receives, whether it be an evaluation survey or a regular CENTR survey. We will be partnering with WeForest for this initiative, and will be supporting their Wildlife Corridors project in the Brazil Atlantic Forest. This will be a first step towards offsetting our carbon footprint, which we hope to expand over the coming years.