Press Releases


CEPIS Announces New Secretary General, 2017

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is pleased to announce Ms. Austeja Trinkunaite as the new CEPIS Secretary General. The Board of CEPIS agreed unanimously to appoint Ms. Austeja Trinkunaite in to the position.

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The Privacy of Europeans Is At Risk, 2017

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) calls for the EU to instigate a revision of major service providers’ privacy policies to guarantee the ePrivacy of European consumers and companies, and issues a series of recommendations for the European Commission and national governments to achieve this.

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European Network Launched to Boost IT Professionalism and Digital Skills, 2016

Employers, service providers and many others focused on IT committed today to foster IT professionalism in Europe and bridge the digital skills gap to empower European business and society. Through the IT Professionalism Europe (ITPE) network launched by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), they agreed to work together to highlight the urgent need to improve IT professionalism, to ensure Europe benefits from the digital revolution.

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CEPIS Revamps Free Online Tool to Assess ICT Professionals’ Skills, 2016

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has launched a new version of its free online tool for assessing ICT skills, following last month’s introduction of a new European standard for ICT professionals. The CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark allows current and future ICT professionals to identify the competences they need for various ICT roles and career paths.

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CEPIS Says New EU Standard Will Help Tackle e-Skills Gap, 2016

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) today said the introduction of a new European standard for ICT professionals would help solve the lack of e-skills across Europe. The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), which describes the competences and skills requirements of ICT professionals, has become a European standard, following its official publication by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) yesterday. It gives organisations, businesses and ICT practitioners in Europe a common language to describe digital competences and proficiency levels.

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CEPIS Releases a Code of Best Practices for Green ICT, 2015

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) is proposing a ‘Code of Best Practices for Green ICT’, to encourage organisations to use ICT in more sustainable ways, and ultimately reduce their impact on the environment.

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CEPIS and Europe’s National Professional Informatics Societies to Launch the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark in Support of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition, 2013

In support of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs inaugural event, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) announces its pledge to launch the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark, a free, online interactive tool, to help tackle skills mismatches and facilitate better career pathways for Europe’s current and future ICT professionals.

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IVI and CEPIS Develop a European Framework For ICT Professionalism, 2012

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at National University of Ireland Maynooth and the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) recently published the results of a research project that sets out a vision for maturing the ICT profession in Europe and proposes a European framework for ICT professionalism. The research initiative was launched by the European Commission, and undertaken jointly by IVI and CEPIS, with the objective of maturing the profession and increasing worker mobility.

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European Businesses Have Wasteful Attitude to Green ICT, 2012

Recent research shows that a high proportion of businesses in Europe are wasteful in their approach to saving energy through green ICT policies and do not implement measures to save energy and thus money around the usage of common ICT equipment. According to new research carried out by CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and its Green ICT Task Force, over a third of organisations in Europe do not implement green ICT policies. This research targeted ICT managers across Europe providing insight on organisations’ usage of ICT equipment, as well as their awareness of and attitudes to energy efficiency.

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Gender Imbalance in the IT Profession Risks Europe's Growth Potential - Less than One Fifth of European IT Professionals are Female, 2011

Less than one fifth of European IT professionals are women according to new research that calls for Europe to urgently redress the gender imbalance. Highly skilled roles and enough human capital to fill these jobs will be vital for the smart growth economy that Europe aspires to create by 2020. Yet a recent report by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) shows that women represent only 8% of IT professionals in some countries. With few women entering the IT profession as the demand for skilled IT professionals increases, Europe’s economic success may be jeopardized.

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New Research Shows that Future IT Professionals Need Career Paths and more IT-Focused Training to Give EU Competitive Edge, 2011

A worrying picture of Europe’s future emerges from new research showing that as the population ages and the demand for skilled IT professionals increases, the flow of fresh, young talent into the field of IT is sadly lacking. The lack of career paths damage the attractiveness of the IT profession for new entrants, while continuous professional development is needed for established professionals.

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has carried out pioneering research into the actual e-competences of IT professionals across Europe and has just published the European report. The findings show that European IT professionals are ageing with a lack of young talent entering the IT profession; there is a clear need for further initiatives to promote the IT profession among young people. Further, only one out of every six IT professionals who responded is female, indicating that all countries need to urgently address this gender imbalance and increase the participation of women in IT careers.

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Computer Experts from Across Europe on the Vital Importance of Developing e-Competences & ICT Professionalism, 2011

ICT experts from 22 European countries gathered in Malta recently to provide their valuable expertise on developing ICT professionalism & building e-competences in Europe. Representatives from almost two dozen informatics associations, members of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), met to underline the importance of professionalism in IT and other key CEPIS strategic activities that help promote the development of the information society in Europe.

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CEPIS and IVI Tasked by the European Commission to Develop ICT Professionalism and Enhance Mobility of CIOs in Europe: Project Launch, 2011

With the cost of IT project failures in business estimated at up to €4.5 trillion worldwide, and with research indicating that half of IT projects incur budget overruns of more than 80%, the European Commission has engaged with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), to advance the development of ICT Professionalism in Europe. Together, IVI and CEPIS will undertake a pioneering research project which will strengthen and further professionalise the vital role of ICT professionals and will see the development of a pan-European training scheme for ICT managers. CEPIS and IVI are inviting all interested parties to engage with the research project.

During 2011, CEPIS and IVI researchers will conduct in-depth interviews with over 100 leading CIOs, ICT professionals and academics across Europe and develop:

  • a Europe-wide framework for ICT professionalism, with the goal of enhancing ICT practices and mobility for qualified professionals across Europe.
  • a European Training Programme for ICT Managers to promote new competences with a view to better addressing the challenges of ICT-driven innovation.

IVI and CEPIS, who won the contract following a competitive bid process, will carry out the work jointly, under IVI’s project management, and have appointed a full-time research team for the project. Progress will be regularly posted to a dedicated website with the exclusive opportunity for all interested parties to engage on a continuous basis. ICT professionals should regularly review the website and contact IVI and CEPIS with their feedback.

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UPGRADE - Europe's Number One e-Journal for Informatics Professionals Has a New Website, 2011

UPGRADE's website is newly revamped and has moved to a new address. The latest ICT related developments and technology trends found in each issue can now be downloaded free of charge from UPGRADE. With thousands of readers per issue, the range of topics covered in UPGRADE's bi-monthly publications, have attracted European ICT professionals and academics for over 10 years. World-class ICT specialists publish their knowledge on newest developments and current hot topics enabling successful ICT professionals and academics from Europe and beyond to broaden their knowledge, deepen their professional development and to keep up with the latest.

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CEPIS Awards ICT Education Grant to Two of Europe's Best and Brightest Young Women, 2010

To become an innovation society and for Europe to recover fully from the economic downturn, it is imperative that more women are enticed into ICT studies and careers. At the closing event of European e-Skills Week, CEPIS - the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies - launched a new award to encourage young women to take up and stay in ICT-related education and thus careers.

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EU Could Face Annual Shortfall in Skilled IT Personnel of 70,000 by 2010, 2007

Estimates of supply and demand levels indicate the EU could seriously run short of people with the right computer skills by as early as 2010. Demand is calculated to be as much as 250,000 per year by then, drawing on an insufficient supply pool of just 180,000. These are the findings of a study carried out by a consortium composed of CEPIS, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST) and Eurochambres. The shortfall would cause downstream negative effects and restrict our opportunities to prosper. This could cause the EU to lose its competitive advantage on the world stage and shift ICT activity to other rival global regions.

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ICT Industry Must Present Positive Image to Ensure the Right Output of Third-Level Graduates, 2007

As Europe moves towards becoming a knowledge economy, member states and employers must ensure that the ICT industry is attractive to graduates. Too often there is a “boom or bust” notion of ICT and this can either attract too many people to the industry or discourage people from pursuing such careers. These are the findings of a study carried out by a consortium composed of CEPIS, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (formerly PREST) and Eurochambres.

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