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European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP)

The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards and to the creation of a single market for security solutions.

ERNCIP fosters the emergence of innovative, qualified, efficient and competitive security solutions, through the networking of European experimental capabilities. This is a direct response to the lack of harmonised EU-wide testing or certification for CIP products and services, which is a barrier to future development and market acceptance of security solutions. The JRC, in the context of the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP), and with the agreement of Member States, set up the ERNCIP project in 2009. The projects started its implementation phase in 2011. Since then more than 200 experts from 140 different organisations have been involved in the network.