About the cPPP

As part of the EU cybersecurity strategy, the European Commission and the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) signed EU's first contractual Public-Private Partnership on 5 July 2016.
The aim of the partnership is to foster cooperation between public and private actors at early stages of the research and innovation process in order to allow people in Europe to access innovative and trustworthy European solutions (ICT products, services and software). These solutions take into consideration fundamental rights, such as the right for privacy and data protection.

It also aims to stimulate cybersecurity industry, by helping align the demand and supply sectors to allow industry to elicit future requirements from end-users, as well as essential sectors that are important customers of cybersecurity solutions (e.g. energy, health, transport, finance).
The cPPP has proven to be instrumental in structuring and coordinating digital security industrial resources in Europe. It includes a wide range of actors, from innovative SMEs to producers of components and equipment, critical infrastructure operators and research institutes, brought together under the umbrella of ECSO.

The EU invested up to €450 million in this partnership, under its research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. Cybersecurity market players are expected to invest three times more.

Reference documents establishing the cPPP

  • Communication: Strengthening Europe's Cyber Resilience System and Fostering a Competitive and Innovative Cybersecurity Industry (download file)
  • Commission Decision to establish a contractual public private partnership on cybersecurity (cPPP) (download file)
  • Commission Staff working document on cPPP and accompanying measures (download file)
  • Commission Staff working document on assessment of cybersecurity in EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) (download file)
  • Commission Staff working document on Consultation Process (download file)

cPPP Monitoring Reports


The Partnership Board is the formal communication channel between the European Commission and the ECSO Association to discuss the Horizon 2020 Cybersecurity cPPP Work Programme, the implementation of the overall R&I programme related topics and the monitoring of the cPPP commitments (Key Progress Indicators). It allows for an open dialogue between the members to reach the objectives foreseen by the contractual arrangement between the European Commission and ECSO. It provides oversight such as monitoring, advising, community support etc. The Partnership Board is composed by representative from the European Commission and ECSO Members (with exclusion of representatives from national public administrations).

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