The digital and political landscape in which the GÉANT Association operates has continued to evolve rapidly in 2019. With the wrap up of projects and activities under Horizon 2020 and the start towards a new Multi-Annual Framework (MFF), Horizon Europe, Digital Europe and the second round of the Connecting Europe Facility, GÉANT has been studying the changing landscape throughout the year. We are supported by our new Head of Unit of DGCNCT, Andreas Veispak, who has commenced a dialogue on how GÉANT will evolve alongside the ever-changing environment, which brings new opportunities and challenges. It is predictable that the new European Commission and its new President Ursula von der Leyen who introduced her programme and its priorities-including the Green Deal and the digitalisation of society will continue to accelerate the speed of change. This places GÉANT in the limelight of new requirements coming from Brussels with an impact on 2020 and beyond.
While the outcome of the UK referendum dominated the news in the UK and Brussels, in 2016 steps were taken towards the full merger of DANTE and TERENA to ensure that we could sail the Brexit waters smoothly in 2019.