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.
EU Policy Update – April 2022
In a nutshell: The European Commission opened a public consultation on the cross-border enforcement of consumer protection law and issued proposals to reform the EU framework on geographical indications. The European Court of Auditors published the conclusions of its report on intellectual property rights in the EU. The CJEU reaffirmed the prohibition of the general and indiscriminate retention of electronic communications data and held that online content-sharing service providers’ obligation to monitor content under the Copyright Directive is compatible with freedom of expression. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a political agreement on the DSA. The European Parliament adopted the Data Governance Act in plenary, and JURI issued its Draft Opinion on the proposal for an EUID. ENISA issued its report on Coordinated vulnerability disclosure policies in the EU. The EU, the US and other international partners issued a Declaration for the Future of the Internet.
CENTR publishes the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 1/2022
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Edition 1/2022 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.
Register for the 2022 CENTR Registrar Day!
The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) will be holding its annual Registrar Day on 2 June 2022 from 9.00 - 17.00 at the Prague Grandior Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic.
EU Policy Update – March 2022
In a nutshell: March was a particularly busy month in the cybersecurity sphere. The European Commission issued a call for evidence for an impact assessment on the upcoming Cyber Resilience Act and released a proposal for a Regulation laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. In parallel, the NIS Cooperation Group issued its Technical Guidelines on Security Measures for Top-Level Domain Name registries, ENISA published a report on Security and Privacy for public DNS resolvers, and EU Ministers called for a strengthening of the EU's telecommunications and cybersecurity resilience. New documents were released regarding the trilogue negotiations on e-Evidence and the EUID proposal, and a political agreement between co-legislators was found on the Digital Markets Act. The European Commission and the United States agreed on a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy framework. Europol and the EUIPO issued a joint Intellectual Property Threat Assessment.