On June 4, 2020, France and Germany inaugurated Gaia-X, an ambitious European data infrastructure project aiming at defining the principles of a trustworthy, efficient, competitive and secure cloud market.

The objective of Gaia-X is to:

  1. Create an open digital ecosystem where data can be gathered and shared in complete security and trust.
  2. Meets the legal and security needs of European companies, in line with European values.
  3. Documentation is currently being published, including the architecture of the concept and user cases in the sectors of health.

Good to know:

In September 2020, several national user associations organised a webinar on the benefits of Gaia-X to users. You can listen to the webinar here.

Since its launch, Gaia-X was joined by many European and non-European players who support the approach. Documentation is currently being published, including the architecture of the concept and user cases in the sectors of health.

National Gaia-X "Hubs" are being set up in European member states to coordinate stakeholder "data space" initiatives. Information on the Gaia-X approach, membership and how to participate in the data space initiatives are available here.


In 2018, EuroCIO was involved in the implementation of Article 6 (“Porting of data”) from the Regulation ((EU) 2018/1807) 'Framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union”.

EuroCIO, through the active participation of its General Secretary and of some of its National Bodies (Beltug, Cigref and CIO Nederland Platform) and Direct members (ENEL) took a strong interest in the development of Codes of Conduct addressing transparency requirements related to the porting of data for Infrastructure As A Service and Software As A Service offerings, under the auspices of the SWIPO Working Group. EuroCIO participated in the SWIPO Working Group activities and provided input to optimize both Codes on behalf of their members and to create the future legal entity to implement the codes.

Since May 2020, the SWIPO Working Group has transitioned into a formal association under Belgium law: SWIPO AISBL. This association is operational today. Both Codes of Conduct were transferred to this new association and were finalized, along with SWIPO’s formal organizational operating procedures and policies.

SWIPO AISBL helps Cloud Service Customers (CSC's) understand how their provider will address safe porting of their business data to another environment with no data loss. Completed transparency statements by the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) are meant to provide more clarity on that process. CSPs can declare any of their services adherent to any of the developed Codes at SWIPO (all documentation available here).

The SWIPO initiative is operational and open for more organizations to join. More information is available on the SWIPO website at https://SWIPO.EU.

You can also watch this short video to assess whether SWIPO membership may be of interest for your organization:

High Tech Skills

High Tech Skills
This project is key to assess global/national funding, education programs set up and training offers and content, and policies related to building faster the high-tech skills and competences required so that Europe can become more agile and innovative. Launched by the European Commission (DG GROW) with empirica and PwC, this project is organized as a series of 4 workshops with individual and international experts including EuroCIO representatives. Promising practices of national policies and funding programs are being reviewed in order to learn how to scale up and re-focus but also supporting improving efficiency and effectiveness of the funding programs and incentives.

EU ICT Profile – eCF Revision

EU ICT Profile – eCF Revision
The Profiles project has been continued with workshops with EuroCIO representatives and feedback on Agile IT context .The European ICT Professional Role profiles (a set of 30) are another key contribution to increasing transparency and convergence of the European digital skills landscape and to maturing the ICT profession as a whole. This project is being executed in the context of the eCompetenceFramework (eCF) and facilitated by Jutta Breyer. Project Team is working on eCF revision to be endorsed by national Institutions.


Entrepreneurial skills are well understood, documented and demonstrated by small, agile organisations that can respond quickly to new market opportunities The project is looking at ways to promote the development and nurturing of entrepreneurial skills within organisations – hence the term ‘intrapreneurial’- as a means to promote innovation and creativity and the development of new business models. The project has developed an online course as the first step in what could be a more extensive training and development programme. 5 Modules have been developed and will be marketed to EuroCIO members.