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New Orchard Road, 1
Armonk, New York 10504
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Ms Virginia Rometty
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Liam Benham
Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe
IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become "smarter" as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected.
IBM in Europe:
IBM has been investing in Europe for over 100 years, starting in Germany in 1910. The company operates today across the EU. The company has had a strong presence in Central and Eastern Europe since the Czech office opened in 1932.
IBM is just as much at home in Europe as anywhere else in the world. For more than a century, we have been working in Europe on innovation that matters to Europeans. Four of our European-based lab scientists have been awarded Nobel prizes for physics and many of the 8,088 patents received in 2017 were filed at the European Patent Office in Munich.
IBM is present all across Europe and our team here is as large as our team in the United States. We continue to invest in Europe: in cutting-edge research and new data center facilities, creating jobs across the continent and fostering a new generation of scientists and technology experts. IBM plays an active role in Europe’s digital ecosystem, partnering and sharing resources, technology and know-how with start-ups and SMEs, enabling them to be more competitive and innovative. Having been actively involved in the EU’s FP7 research programme, we are now launching collaboration in numerous Horizon 2020 projects which started in 2014. IBM has been involved in 43 funded projects, with more than 500 partners and has received 7 European Research Council grants – all in an effort to create and innovate for the benefit of Europeans. In Europe, public services, governments and companies – large and small – work with us to provide more forward thinking, more effective, healthier and safer services to their citizens & customers.
In February 2017, IBM opened its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich. The Watson IoT HQ brings together over 1000 developers, engineers, consultants, researchers and scientists on a campus environment driving innovation with SMEs and start-ups, governments, schools and universities and investors.
As a major investor and employer in Europe, IBM has a wide interest in public policy. Here below a non-exhaustive list of the main EU initiatives followed during 2016:
- Horizon 2020
- European Cloud Computing Strategy, Communication COM(2012) 529 final
- General Data Protection Regulation (Proposal COM(2012) 11 final)
- Proposal for a Directive concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the Union (COM (2013) 48 final)
- Trade for All - New EU Trade and Investment Strategy
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – A Digital Single Strategy for Europe COM(2015) 192 Final
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the Functioning of the Safe Harbour from the Perspective of EU Citizens and Companies Established in the EU COM(2013) 847 final
- Circular Economy Package
- Eco-design Implementing Measure for Servers, Storage and Networking Equipment (Iot9)
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a Globalized World COM(2017)7
- Communication on Digitising Industry and Internet of Things
- Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications)
- Proposal for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (2016).
- EU High-Level Round-table of Digital Transformation of Industry
- ENISA - High Level Expert Group on Security Certification
- Cloud Select Industry Group on Code of Conduct (European Commission)
- The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (DG Connect)
- Cloud Computing Strategy Working Groups (DG Connect)
- NIS Platform
- JRC Working Groups on Innovation and the role of patents
- ITS Platform
IBM is also member of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation and of the European Innovation Partnership on Water.
100%: 4 50%: 2 25%: 3
Beyond the employees included above, additional IBM experts have been involved in activities falling within the scope of the Register for an amount of time representing less than 5% of their total working hours.
|First name||Surname||Start Date||End Date|
American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
BUSINESSEUROPE (Advisory and Support Group)
Transatlantic Policy Network
Business Software Alliance (BSA)
01/2016 - 12/2016
1,750,000 € - 1,999,999 €
IT Contracts with EU Institutions & Agencies
EU R&D Framework Programmes
2. Estimated costs
IBM has declared the financial support it provides to all networks, trade associations, coalitions and think-tanks that assist IBM in representing itself to the European Institutions - whether or not these organizations have themselves registered as part of the Transparency Register.
With respect to direct representation costs IBM has identified the individuals who have a responsibility to represent IBM to the European Institutions and the percentage of the time they spend in direct representation of IBM's interests.
3. Amount and source of funding
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Due to the size and complexity of IBM operations across Europe and multiple touch points with the EU institutions, IBM has not compared these figures with what is included in any of its otherwise publicly available financial information.
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