​GÉANT General Assembly meets new head of DG CONNECT’s e-infrastructure unit


Porto, 18 June: Augusto Burgueño Arjona discussing with GA members the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017.


23 June 2015 | Porto, Portugal


The European Commission’s draft Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 was the major talking point at the GÉANT General Assembly held on 18-19 June in Porto, Portugal. General Assembly members were joined for this session by Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of Unit ‘eInfrastructure’ at the EC Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) and had the opportunity to discuss the policy directions behind the work programme as well as hearing his presentation.


While his presentation mainly focused on Horizon 2020, Augusto, in setting this policy context, also covered the Digital Single Market Strategy, the Katainen/Juncker Investment Package, and the EC’s work to develop the interconnection and interoperability of member states’ online public services.


Members also took the opportunity, via a ‘round table’ discussion, to express their own views on immediate strategic priorities for GÉANT, to help inform the Board as it considers the challenges and many opportunities that exist. There was a particular focus as to how GÉANT’s service offering should evolve, and of the importance of working with others in the e-infrastructure ecosystem in achieving this and a continued vigorous programme of innovation.


Another area for discussion amongst members was a number of governance aspects of the recently created GÉANT Association, including the membership voting scheme and progress with the ongoing CEO recruitment. The financial accounts and annual report of 2014 were adopted. Updates were presented on the regional network projects and other projects in which GÉANT plays a leading role, with a more in-depth look at the past and current iterations of the GÉANT Project (GN3plus and GN4-1 respectively).


The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia was admitted as the national member for Latvia, effective from receipt of the membership fee for the first year. The Associate status of Huawei Technologies was terminated with immediate effect due to non-payment of fees.


The terms of reference for the new GÉANT Programme Planning Committee were approved and members were elected: they include Board members Dorte Olesen (chair) and Christian Grimm, as well as Mauro Campanella (GARR), Lars Fischer (NORDUnet), Jan Gruntorád (CESNET), Floor Jas (SURFnet), Cezary Mazurek (PSNC), Yannis Mitsos (GRNET), János Mohácsi (NIIF-HUNGARNET), and Victor Reijs (HEAnet).


More information about the meeting is available via: https://wiki.geant.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=45844645