Lithuania to bid to host European cybersecurity center at Vilnius TV tower

  • 2020-10-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania will bid to host a European cybersecurity competence center at Vilnius' TV Tower.

The Cabinet approved the initiative on Wednesday. 

"The issue was discussed informally and it was decided to submit Lithuania's bid for the center to be established in Vilnius," Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at the Cabinet's meeting.

"Currently, the candidates are Belgium, Romania, Poland and Spain, and Luxembourg has recently expressed its wish, too," he added. 

EU member states are expected to decide on the establishment of the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center in November. The center could start operating next year.

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry says in a document that Vilnius' TV Tower could accommodate some 30 to 50 employees. 

Under the plan, Lithuania's contribution over five years of the center's operation would amount to around 1 million euros. The center's operation will be funded by the EU. 

"This center would become the EU's key instrument for the promotion of the European cyber security initiative and development of cyber security research and technology," the document reads.

At Lithuania's initiative, a group of EU member states established the EU Cyber Rapid Response Force this year.