CEENET & Cybersecurity Foundation organise CERT GAMES in Belgrade, Serbia

On 18-19 March 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia, CEENET, with the support of Cybersecurity Foundation from Poland, organize CERT GAMES. This 2-days event, composed of lectures interleaved with practical exercises, will raise the competencies of local CERT personnel, related to fighting cyber-attacks. Traditionally participants will be responsible for defending virtual infrastructure of the company, in order to maximize availability and reduce the risks of compromising protected systems. The event is hosted  by AMRES – Serbian Research and Education Network. Financial support is provided by GEANT project.

E@P.connect project will build the backbone network in Eastern Europe

As we recently learned, the E@P.connect project (former known as EPIC – Eastern Partnership Interconnection) is now during negotiations stage and will be most probably launched in the early 2016.

The project based on a feasibility study prepared by CEENET within GN3Plus project (and based on CEENET’s CEENGINE project findings), will aim at procurement and implementation of (preferably) dedicated optical infrastructure connecting NRENs Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova with GEANT  network and dedicated optical channels connecting Southern Caucasus countries.

The project, scheduled for the next three years, is supposed to maximize the fibre availability for NRENs in the region – and – as a unique arrangement – will procure infrastructure that will last long beyond the project lifetime, thus ensuring long term sustainability. The project is valued at 13.000.000 EUR with EC contribution reaching 95%.


Lviv Entrepreneurs Camp

CEENET collaborator – Ihor Katernyak of Ukrainian Distance Learning Center organised Entrepreneurs’ Camp in Lviv, attended by about 200 participants from Lviv, Kyiv, Donetsk (Ukraine) and Tbilisi (Georgia). Partners from Sweden were connected on-line.

The participants were inspired by the speech of ‘business angels’ Taras Kytsmey, President of SoftServe, Ukraine, and Thomas Arctaedius, CEO of Ayond, Sweden.

The Camp featured IdeaLab – where four mobile application concepts were developed for Idea Competition. The winner team developed ‘To Be In Time’ application for a smartphone, with the purpose of online meeting management including last time changesm etc.

MicroSoft regional office presented vouchers to the competition winners for continuing their education in other business and IT programs.

Dmytro Maleev, Mobile Software Engineer, N-iX (Lviv) made his presentation on “Gamification” as a methodology tool for applications development.

Smart solutions for region development were presented by Oleksandr Krakovetskyy, CEO, DevRain Solutions& Microsoft Regional Director (Kyiv).


CEENET/GEANT workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, September 2014

CEENET programme in GEANT project (a task done together with TERENA, within Digital Inclusion (Task NA4/T4), Campus Best Practices (Task NA3/T2) includes organisation of three workshops devoted to raising staff competences at NRENs and their Members in Eastern Europe. The trainings and workshops are open to all GÉANT participants and specially targeted at Eastern European countries. Thanks to dedicated GEANT funding and external support, we are able to offer sponsored invitation to ENPI countries representatives.

At the time of publishing, the following workshops were executed::

- Summer workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, June 16-20, 2014 (key topics: security, wireless, federated GEANT services)

The following workshops are under preparation:
- Autumn workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, 2nd week of September 2014 (key topics: broadband, E@P.connect, GEANT4, federated services
- Winter workshop (planned in southern Europe/Caucasus at the end of the year, with topics to be defined upon request of participants)

Autumn workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, 2nd week of September 2014

Autumn workshop will be co-located with joint RENAM/RoEduNet users conference organised in Chisinau, Moldova from 12th to 14th September 2014. Current plans assume the 3-days workshop, starting 9th of September 2013.

Traditionally the workshop will offer minimum guaranteed number of sponsored invitations to EaP NRENs

Planned topics of the workshop include the following:

- broadband network technologies: fibre optics, (D)WDM transmission, advanced BGP, network planning and operations

- GEANT federated services

- E@P.connect roundtable

- GEANT4 planning update and roundtable

Any other ideas for workshop topics shall be sent to ““.

More detailed information on the workshop shall be available in mid-July

4 teams from 7 countries compete in CEENET CERT Games in Sofia, Bulgaria

On June 17-18th 2014, in the premises of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, after 2 days of comprehensive lectures on network security, CERT teams composed of security engineers from 7 Eastern European countries competed in CERT Games organised by CEENET and COMCERT POLAND within GEANT3+ project.

The scenario of Games assumed emergency takeover of ill-maintained corporate IT infrastructure of an enterprise with the objective to protect it from penetration attacks as well as preserve from ongoing DDoS attacks, thus maintaining availability and security of data and services.

The exercises demonstrated the good understanding of network/systems security mechanisms by the engineers, they also showed that they can quickly organise into manageable groups and perform task in the most effective fashion.

The exercise also revealed the need for further in depth training in certain areas of security as well as the need for further work on procedures related to reaction to emergency situations, which is in scope of planned CERT-related activities of CEENET and will be a subject of future training/coordination activities.

CEENET partner – COMCERT Poland is the best CERT in Europe

It is our pleasure to inform that the team of COMCERT.PL – an organisation that will organise CERT GAMES on the next CEENET workshop in Sofia, has won Cyber Europe 2014 – a competition of European CERT teams organised by ENISA.

200 teams from 29 countries took part in the competition and COMCERT.PL achieved the highest score by ENISA referees.

We are proud that the best CERT of Europe will deliver the training during our workshop in Sofia on June 17-18, 2014.

CEENET/GEANT Summer Workshop in Sofia

CEENET programme in GEANT project (a task done together with TERENA, within Digital Inclusion (Task NA4/T4), Campus Best Practices (Task NA3/T2) includes organisation of three workshops devoted to raising staff competences at NRENs and their Members in Eastern Europe. The trainings and workshops are open to all GÉANT participants and specially targeted at Eastern European countries. Thanks to dedicated GEANT funding and external support, we are able to offer sponsored invitation to ENPI countries representatives.

Presentations from the workshop in Sofia (the list will be updated)


At the time of publishing, the following workshops are planned:

- Autumn workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, 2nd week of September 2014 (key topics: broadband, E@P.connect, GEANT4, federated services
- Winter workshop (planned in southern Europe/Caucasus at the end of the year, with topics to be defined upon request of participants)

The agenda of workshop in Sofia

Schedule Security workshop
Start End Duration Title Speaker
8:30 9:00 0:30 Registration & coffee  
9:00 9:10 0:10 Welcome and logistics Michal Przybylski, CEENET, Poland
9:10 10:40 1:30 Introduction to network security Spyridon Dossis, Irvin Homem, DSV/Stockholm University
10:40 10:50 0:10 coffee break  
10:50 12:20 1:30 Basic Network security toolbox #1 Spyridon Dossis, Irvin Homem, DSV/Stockholm University
12:20 13:20 1:00 lunch break  
13:20 14:50 1:30 Basic Network security toolbox #2 Spyridon Dossis, Irvin Homem, DSV/Stockholm University
14:50 15:00 0:10 coffee break  
15:00 17:00 2:00 DNS security Spyridon Dossis, Irvin Homem, DSV/Stockholm University
17 June 2014
9:00 10:30 1:30 CSERT/CSIRT operations Michelle Danho (RENATER) Guilhem Borghesi (University of Strasbourg)
10:30 10:40 0:10 coffee break  
10:40 12:40 2:00 Intrusion Detection Systems DSV/Stockholm University
12:40 13:40 1:00 lunch break  
13:40 14:40 1:00 Step by step development of Security Policy for Edu Oivind Hoiem, UNINETT, Norway
14:40 14:50 0:10 coffee break  
14:50 15:10 0:20 Introduction to CERT games Dawid Osojca, Krystian Kochanowski, Michał Przybylski, COMCERT SA/Cybersecurity Foundation/CEENET, Poland
15:10 18:10 3:00 CERT games part 1
18 June 2014
9:00 13:00 4:00 Morning CERT games (part 2) Dawid Osojca, Krystian Kochanowski, Michał Przybylski, COMCERT SA/Cybersecurity Foundation/CEENET, Poland
13:00 14:00 1:00 Lunch break
14:00 18:00 4:00 Afternoon CERT games (part 3)


GEANT Services Workshop 19 June 2014
Start End Duration Title Speaker
8:30 8:40 0:10 Campus Best Practices in Wireless Networks – Welcome Jari Miettinnen, CSC Finland
8:40 9:00 0:20 Campus Best Practices in practice Jari Miettinnen, CSC Finland
9:00 10:10 1:10 Network planning Anders Nilsson, Umeå University Sweden
10:10 10:20 0:10 coffee break  
10:20 11:20 1:00 WLAN Infrastructure Monitoring (60 min) Jovana Palibrk, AMRES, Serbia
11:20 12:20 1:00 Free Radius (introduction) Jovana Palibrk, AMRES, Serbia
12:20 13:20 1:00 Lunch break  
13:20 14:20 1:00 Free Radius (50 min) Jovana Palibrk, AMRES, Serbia
14:20 15:00 0:40 CBP Experiences from Bulgaria Dejan Stojkov, Georgi Tsochev
15:00 15:10 0:10 coffee break  
15:10 15:25 0:15 BREN presentation Radoslav Yoshinov, (BREN)
15:25 15:55 0:30 Introduction to Federated Identity & welcome Brook Schofield (TERENA)
15:55 16:40 0:45 European Identity Strategy Nicole Harris (TERENA)
16:40 16:50 0:10 coffee break  
16:50 17:20 0:30 Library Content and Licencing Liam Earney (Jisc)
17:20 17:50 0:30 Research use-cases, tools and services Nicole Harris (TERENA)
17:50 18:20 0:30 Collaboration tools and services Marina Vermezovic (AMRES)
18:20 18:50 0:30 eduroam & Mobility Brook Schofield (TERENA)
20:00     Dinner  
20 June 2014
9:00 9:45 0:45 Federation Policy Template TERENAMarina Vermezovic (AMRES)
9:45 10:30 0:45 The Business Case for Federations and Institutions Nicole Harris (TERENA)
10:30 11:00 0:30 coffee break  
11:00 11:30 0:30 ELCIRA: A model for federated services Brook Schofield (TERENA)
11:30 12:00 0:30 FaaS: Federation-as-a-Service Marina Vermezovic (AMRES)
12:00 12:45 0:45 Discussion panel – ask the experts  
12:45 13:45 1:00 lunch  

CEENGINE in the top 10% of the EC projects

CEENGINE – recent flagship project of CEENET has come to an end, after 42 months of operations. The final review of the project took place in Brussels on 5/2/2014, and we are happy to announce, that independent reviewers ranked this project “EXCELLENT” placing it in the top 10% of all EC-funded projects, right next to leading projects like GEANT.

The project, executed solely by CEENET as its only contractor, focused on contiuous support to Eastern European NREN in strengthening national infrastructure and the integration with GEANT.

The highlights of the project, executed between 2010-2014 include

  • NRENs Policy Workshop in Bucharest, Romania, 2011 (Eastern Partnership Event) coorganised with TERENA & GEANT
  • NRENs Users Workshop in Kiev, Ukraine, 2013, coorganised with PICTURE project
  • NREN Technology Workshop in Tbilisi policy, users and technologies)

CEENET also executed an intensive lobbying campaign resulting in application of new membership scheme in GEANT (and admission of NRENS from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to GEANT).
CEENET itself has also secured a place in GEANT, where – thanks to collaboration with TERENA – we are responsible for activities related to digital inclusion and services dissemination in Eastern Europe. It is extremely important, because thanks to streamlining our activitied with GEANT we can continue to support our NRENS in more effective way.

CEENGINE Newsletter #8, December 2013
 Foreword from project coordinator


This is the last newsletter produced by our team within this project, which finishes at the end of the year. We can safely state now, that CEENGINE made a difference. It was in many ways a special project, a great opportunity for our community, which has been exploited to full extent possible.

We have started the project as low profile organisation, supporting some little-known NRENs in Eastern Europe and we are finishing it with 6 EaP NRENs being GEANT members, CEENET being GEANT contractor and some GEANT programme focused on Eastern Europe to be executed.

We have also managed to focus more attention on Eastern Europe from the policy makers and funding bodies – Eastern Partnership Interconnection (EPIC) project has been formulated and positively received by European Commission – with the objective to build Eastern European backbone and to interconnect it with GEANT, the project has potential to change the networking landscape in Eastern Europe.

Here I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all CEENET and NRENs personnel who worked hard to make this project a success. I hope this is not the first and not the last we worked together.

Dr. Octavian Rusu, CEENGINE coordinator


 CEENGINE NRENs Technology Workshop in Tbilisi

bannerOur last workshop – CEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop was organized in Tbilisi, from 4th to 7th of December, 2013. The event co-organized by CEENET/CEENGINE and GEANT provided a number of presentation on security technologies, policies and general matters relevant to NRENs for over 60 participants from Europe. Hosted in excellent venue of Radisson Iveria Blu Tbilisi, within beautiful surroundings of the ancient city, the workshop provided a nice conclusion of the project and marked the start of closer cooperation with GEANT project.

The programme included 2 days of lectures organised by CEENGINE and one day of relevant security topics from GEANT Campus Best Practices activity. For the first time in CEENET events, eduroam was available, thanks to FUNET staff, who brought mobile hotspot with them.

The electronic materials from the workshops can be downloaded here. Pictures are available at Flickr

 CEENET training programme in 2014 (GEANT PLUS)

michal_przybylskiCEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop has been received very well and the participants expressed their demand for more workshops of this type.

While the CEENGINE is over soon, CEENET managed to include a series of knowledge and technology transfer workshop in GEANT3 PLUS project programme. Currently three workshops are pre-scheduled in 2014, in particular:  (dates and places are indicative, but highly probable):

• Sofia, Bulgaria, end of May 2014 ( network security + core network technologies)
• Chisinau, Moldova (co-located with RENAM-RoEduNet conference) – August 2014 (with focus on core network technologies and GEANT services)
• Montenegro – late autumn 2014 (with programme more focused on GEANT services)

In order to ensure participation of EaP NRENs, we have ensured that at each workshop there will be 12 seats reserved for EaP countries (with the minimum guarantee of 2 seats per each EaP country). While workshops and their agendas are being prepared at the moment, we assume that the workshop in May will be organised for 2 groups of 20 people each, with intensive “hands on” programme in computer laboratories, kindly provided by Bulgarian Research and Education Network (BREN)


 New CEENET Users Database published

krassi_simonskiThe question of who are the NRENs users and what activities shall be adopted to approach and integrate NRENs users into GEANT community was one of the key challenges of CEENGINE.

In the project we have tried to investigate and attract the users, to collaborate and participate in our activities, and further to stimulate them in their research collaboration with other partners from Western Europe and worldwide. We have analysed over a hundred of users and we have prepared over 80 Power Users profiles. Later on these Power Users were invited to update their profiles and provide more information. In the results, we can boast an extensive WIKI database of NREN Users.

At the end of CEENGINE project, these information have been assembled into online, visual database available to general public. It provides an easy access to the following data:

  • Who are the NREN Power Users in each country?
  • What is their main activity/business?
  • What are their strong research activities/projects utilizing the research networking resources?
  • Who their partners are in Europe and among the CEENGINE countries?
  • How do they participate in ERA, do they plan to do so, if yes – in which areas?
  • How do they use (or plan to use) the GEANT connectivity?

The database interface is available here.

The database is open and can be updated as necessary with new Power Users and countries to be added or updated. If you want to include your organisation or change profile, please contact us.


 CEENGINE project summary

The main objective of CEENGINE project was to support the organic development of NRENs in Eastern Europe and their integration with pan-European NRENs (including GEANT). For this purpose we have proposed an ambitious work programme aiming at creating organisational, political and financial momentum for NRENs extension, interconnection, upgrade and integration. We have used many tools to assist us in this work – including basic research, workshops (Users, Policy, Technology) and helpdesk support to newly organizing consortia aiming at participation in pan-European research. We hoped that with decent organisational support, NRENs in our region would be able to join GEANT community (as the ultimate objective of CEENET) within few years after CEENGINE project finalization. CEENGINE had also to determine the future of the CEENET once most of its members become GEANT partners.

Now, at the end of the project, we can safely state that last three and a half years of CEENGINE project had strong impact on what’s happening in Eastern Europe , when it comes to NRENs. Below we’ll try to summarize the most important achievements:

  • CEENGINE provided important insight into current NRENs status in Eastern Europe – legal, organisational, technical, international and other aspects of NRENs organisation were assessed for 27 NRENs. 27 NRENs profiles were created online. For the first time for many years we got so detailed information about our NRENs, which indeed was sometimes surprising and gave us more clear understanding of NRENs needs.
  • For the first time in the history we have directly approached the major users of the NRENs – over 100 so called “Power Users” – essential customers for novel network services and possible participants of future research projects were contacted and in result 84 detailed NREN users profiles were created online.
  • CEENGINE supported 9 project consortia, which were able to formulate research project applications, of which 4 were accepted for funding and are currently being implemented in Eastern Europe.
  • Three workshops (NREN Users, NREN Policy and NREN Technology) were organized with over 200 attendees
  • Intensive dissemination programme of CEENGINE (possible thanks to detailed knowledge of users, NRENs, their problems, etc.) together with exploitation of favourable political situation helped us to reach beyond original project scope and ensure the following:
  • All remaining non-GEANT CEENET members from Eastern Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan) were admitted as normal GEANT members (they had the “associated members” status before), following the modification of GEANT membership scheme proposed by CEENET in order to enable participation in GEANT’s research activities.
  • CEENET has become a partner in GEANT (although with – we believe temporary – 3rd party status to TERENA) but more importantly – a programme for knowledge and technology transfer (in the area of Campus Best Practices and Digital Inclusion activities) to Eastern European NRENs has been accepted by GEANT and its execution has been put in CEENET hands. Thus CEENET secured its operation in its area of competence in coordination with GEANT.
  • CEENET experts have prepared (already within GEANT3plus project but exploiting CEENGINE results) – a feasibility study for optical backbone interconnecting Eastern European NRENs and connecting them to GEANT. Project codenamed “EPIC” with 13 MEur budget is currently discussed between EC and beneficiary countries.


CEENGINE Network Technology Workshop on security

Our last workshop – CEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop was organized in Tbilisi, from 4th  to 7th of December, 2013. The event co-organized by CEENET/CEENGINE and GEANT provided a number of presentation on security technologies, policies and general matters relevant to NRENs for over 60 participants from Europe. Hosted in excellent venue of Radisson Iveria Blu Tbilisi, within beautiful surroundings of the ancient city, the workshop provided a nice conclusion of the project and marked the start of closer cooperation with GEANT project.

The programme included 2 days of lectures organised by CEENGINE and one day of relevant security topics from GEANT Campus Best Practices activity. For the first time in CEENET events, eduroam was available, thanks to FUNET.

Pictures from the event are available at Flickr

Electronic copies of the presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the presentation/session title below.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

 Friday, December 6th, 2013, Campus Best Practices (CBP)



Over 60 security specialist and network administrators gather in Tbilisi for CEENGINE Network Technology workshop on security

Over 60 leading security specialists from NRENs in Eastern Europe are now participating in CEENGINE Network Technology “Secure Research in Secure Cyberspace”. The event hosted by Georgian Research and Educational Network (GRENA) in Tbilisi is the third and the last workshop of CEENGINE project, executed by CEENET.

Thanks to EC co-funding to CEENGINE project and special co-funding from DEVCO the event has been organised under the umbrella of Eastern Partnership Platform 4 activity.

Our distinguished invited speakers provide a set of talks on various security issues:

  • George Sadowsky – the changing landscape of Internet and future security challenges
  • David Billard – spying on the net and digital forensics,
  • Noria Foukia – legal and technical aspects of privacy
  • Spirydon Dossis – tunneling techniques
  • Miroslaw Maj and Piotr Szeptycki – social engineering for engineers

Stay tuned for future updates!

CULTURE-EXP project has launched

CEENET partners from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova have launched CULTURe EXchange Platform (CULTUR-EXP) project, co-funded by EU’s Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme.

This 24-months long project aims at facilitating the cross-border exchange of culture by providing an innovative, multi-lingual IT platform, based on available open source social platform solutions and adapted for culture producers, culture operators and other actors of the culture market.

Please download full press release here or go to CULTUR-EXP website for more information


CEENGINE NRENs Users Workshop – 22nd May 2013 in Kiev

CEENGINE NRENs Users Workshop took place on 22nd May 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The event organised by Central and Eastern European Networking Association (CEENET) within its  FP7 CEENGINE project, was hosted by Ukrainian Research and Academic Network  (URAN) in the premises of Kiev Politechnic Institute (KPI).

The funding for the event came from DG-CONNECT and CEENET (who co-fund CEENGINE project) and from Eastern Partnership (EaP) Platform IV/ Multilateral Part of the European Neigborhood Policy Instrument (ENPI) who provided substantial financial support to the project logistics and travel of the participants.

The Workshop was attended by over 70 paticipants from 14 countries, with majority representing EaP stakeholders in R&D – identified as important NRENs users by CEENGINE project. The event also attracted government representatives from Moldova, Ukraine & Belarus. European Union was represented by DG-CONNECT, a number of selected infrastructure projects (GEANT, EGI, DRIHMS, Global Excursion) and organisations from NRENs environment (JANET, TERENA, CEENET).

The objective of the workshop was to involve NRENs users in shaping NRENs future, to turn NRENs users into NRENs supporters, rather than passive consumers of NRENs services.  For this purpose a workshop was organised into 4 sessions,  aiming to discuss the following issues:

  1. „Background preparation” – a session devoted to explaining the case of NRENs and research infrastructures now, in Horizon 2020 and to discuss related collaboration between EaP countires and Europe
  2. „Meet the leaders” – a session demonstrating the most relevant and promising, selected projects supported by European Commission, who may be looking for partners from EaP countries.
  3. „Local dimension” – a set of presentations showing the status and the future plans for e-Infrastructure development in EaP region.  This session included an interesting discussion on development of regional network along the eastern frontiers of GEANT.
  4. „Challenges” – the objective of this part of the event was to discuss the role of key stakeholders in eInfrastructure in its development – including the future ownership, roles and responsibilities, pending issues.

Workshop agenda & presentations:

Session I. Background preparation  
Keynote lecture:NRENs – a primer for innovation and collaboration Oliver Popov, (CEENET/Stockholm University, Sweden)
EC research support to Eastern Europe now &  in Horizon 2020
Jean-Luc Dorel (European Commission, Belgium)
eInfrastructures between East and West
Marat Biktimirov (e-Infrastructure Working Group Russia-EU, Russia)

Session II. Meet the leaders

EU Mega-eInfrastructure – GEANT Valentino Cavalli (TERENA/GEANT, The Netherlans)
JANET experience
Josh Howlett (JANET, UK)
European Grid Initiative
Catherine Gater (European Grid Initiative, The Netherlands) (Over H.323)
DRIHMS – Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology Study
Elisabetta Fiori (CIMA Foundation, Italy)
Global Excursion – New Way to Science Education
Barbara Kieslinger (Centre for Social Innovation, Austria) – remote presentation

Session III. Local dimension

Cloud computing development  and service development in Moldova Valeriu Plamadeala (e-Government Center of Moldova)
eInfrastructures in Ukraine
Svetlana Klesova (Ukrainian State Agency for Science)
Success story from Georgia
Zviad Kirtava (Georgia)
TEPID – Towards Eastern Partnership Countries e-Infrastructures Development – mini panel
Vyacheslav Shkarupin (URAN, Ukraine),Peter Bogatencov (RENAM, Moldova),Octavian Rusu (RoEduNet, Romania)

Session IV. Challenges

NREN users in Eastern Europe
Krasimir Simonski, (BREN/CEENGINE, Bulgaria)
Users and NRENs – protocooperation or mutualism?
Evgenii Martynov (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Future owners of the infrastructure – mini panel Oliver Popov (CEENET/Stockholm University, Sweden) Peter Bogatencov (RENAM, Moldova)Michal Przybylski (CEENET/CEENGINE, Poland),Valeriu Plamadeala (e-Government Center of Moldova)


The workshop provided good dissemination of eInfrastructures supported by FP7 programme. The participants were very much interested in GEANT services that may be potentially offered to the community within GN3+ (Campus Best Practices, EduRoam, Videoconferencing). Further dissemination of these is required in the region and there is clear demand for future events of this type.

One of important recommendations of the workshop is the need of synchronisation of regional initiatives (especially in the area of the hot topic of building EaP countries backbone spanning NRENs of the region). A success of the event should be also attributed to the co-location of relevant events from different projects (CEENGINE and PICTURE) resulted in increased attendance and impact of each of events. We shall investigate the means to ensure similar coordination in the future.


Get more photos from CEENGINE Users Workshop on Flickr.

CEENGINE & PICTURE sign Memorandum of Understanding

CEENGINE (FP7 e-Infrastructures) and PICTURE (FP7-ICT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In order to achieve the synergy of both projects operating in virtually the same environments, the parties will:

  • Present CEENGINE and its services at the PICTURE events and vice-versa
  • Invite each other to organized events
  • Exchange analytical materials, produced by the projects
  • Provide Access to the Databases managed by PICTURE project
  • Promote the Databases within CEENGINE community
  • Disseminate CEENGINE & PICTURE Newsletters and other useful materials within both projects’ community
  • Participate jointly in relevant ICT conferences

CEENET would like to express its gratitude towards GRENA for leading this MoU initiative and bridging the two European projects.

Oliver Popov nominated to “Hall of Fame” advisory board

[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – March 6, 2013]

The Internet Society today announced the addition of eight international Internet leaders to the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board.  The Internet Hall of Fame honors leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global Internet. The Advisory Board is comprised of a highly-qualified, international panel of individuals with expertise spanning many segments of the industry and related areas, including computer scientists, software engineers, Internet developers, historians, executives, authors, researchers, academia, and journalists. The Advisory Board has a critical role in selecting the inductees for the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame. New to the Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board in 2013:

  • Dr. Andreu Veà, Founder and Director; Special IT Counselor to Barcelona and Catalonia Government; President of Internet Society Spain Chapter
  • Dr. Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ictQATAR
  • Grace Chng, Senior correspondent for The Straits Times and leading technology writer in Singapore
  • Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean; Internet Society Board of Trustees
  • Hartmut Glaser, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee
  • Katie Hafner, Journalist and author of six books, including Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
  • Dr. C.L. Liu, Professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Dr. Oliver Popov, Professor of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University

“We truly appreciate the unique perspectives, experiences, and dedication the Advisory Board brings to selecting the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees,” said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “A global Advisory Board is essential to ensuring individuals from around the world are recognized for their contributions as Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders. It takes people across the globe all working to shape the Internet, so that all individuals can realize their maximum potential.”


For more details on the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame Advisory Board, visit

CEENGINE Newsletter #7, March 2013

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 7, March 2013

Eastern Partnership Workshop on eInfrastructures in Chisinau, Moldova, 11-12 December 2012

eInfrastructures in Eastern Partnership Countries were the topic of discussions during the Eastern Partnership Event in Chisinau – a debate on the was of improving e-infrastructures in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine by ensuring collaboration of the NRENs, academia and policy makers in order to raise awareness of the importance of computer networks and services.

In the result of the meeting a “Chisinau Declaration” signed by over 50 key stakeholders of eInfrastructures has been sent to the European Commission for consideration.

It has been agreed that the region needs a dedicated feasibility study for the establishment of a regional network connecting all Eastern Partnership countries.

CEENet becomes a partner in GEANT

Following the recent developments of CEENGINE related to surveying GEANT model and services in our geographical area, CEENet has formulated a work programme for Eastern Europe to be realized within being formed GN3+ project. This proposal received much attention in GEANT and after negotiations with project stakeholders it was agreed that CEENet shall participate in GN3+ project as a third party partner  to TERENA. The scope of work for CEENet will include:

  • Tailor-Made Support to EU NRENs in Advancing Economies (Digital Inclusion)
  • Campus best practice adoption in Eastern Europe

Some remaining activities proposed by CEENet were (due to limited scope of GEANT) considered as to be realised if additional funding sources are identified and these include

  • Implementation and dissemination of edu* services.
  • User communities needs assesment report.

We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with GEANT!


CEENGINE NOC section is now being upgraded with IPv6 tools. At the beginning we shall start with IPv6 testing facilities, that will be subsequently upgraded with additional functionality. From now on, our users will be able to verify their IPv6 status by using “falling-sky” tools. Currently our IPv6 site is available and is listed amongst relevant IPv6-test mirror list. More features to come!

CEENGINE works presented at Tempus/Erasmus workshop in Stockholm

Prof. Popov presented the works of CEENet/CEENGINE at the Tempus, Erasmus, Palme-Lineaus, Erasmus Mundos workshop organised by Swedish Office of Intenational Education on December 12th in Stockholm. CEENGINE findings were presented at Middle East/North Africa session, as the potential expansion region of CEENet.


CEENGINE has undergone its third review, after 2 years of operations.

The review, devoted to the assessment of the last year of operations, was held in Brussels. Besides the usual review team – project officer Athina Zampara, the reviewers Dr. Tor Bloch, Dr. Heikki Sundquist and Dr. Fulvio Casali and CEENGINE representation: Dr. Krasimir Simonski, prof. Octavian Rusu, Michal Przybylski, our review was attended by Jean-Luc Durel – GEANT project officer from EC.

The review was very constructive and concentrated to large extent on the challenges of GEANT project in Eastern Europe. In the result of the discussion, CEENGINE was recommended to raise some of its activities to GEANT level.

It is our pleasure to inform that our activities within the project were assessed as “EXCELLENT”.

CEENET team active during Eastern Neighbourhood Policy Initiative workshop in Moldova

On December 11-12 2012, CEENet team took part in ENPI workshop in Chisinau, Moldova.

The workshop devoted to providing and synchronizing the support to Eastern European NRENs by the means of European Neighbourhood Policy programme was hosted by Moldovan Academy of Sciences and RENAM (Research and Academic Network of Moldova).

2 days of intensive discussions on the eInfrastructures involved many participants from governments, academia and industry, The quests speakers came from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova. There were also international speakers including EGI, European Commission, CEENet, TERENA.

In the result of the meeting, the Chisinau Declaration has been signed by over 50 representatives of key stakeholders in Eastern Europe.


CEENGINE meets industry in Brussels

The 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference on the 4th December 2012 gave prof. Popov, the leader of CEENGINE WP5 and organizer of CEENGINE Security Workshop (to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in Autumn 2013), the opportunity to meet and discuss collaboration of leading vendors and international organisations in planned workshop.  Prof. Popov outlined pending security problems of Eastern European NRENs and CEENGINE/CEENET security workshop programme .

CEENGINE keynote and panel in Tbilisi

CEENGINE project has organized a panel session and a keynote lecture during closing day of AICT 2012 conference on 19th October 2012.  conference. The conference is one of the major events bringing together researchers from Southern Caucasus and neighbouring countries.

The keynote lecture presented by Krasimir Simonski raised the issues related to expected financing problems for e-Infrastructures in transition period between FP7 and Horizon 2020. The lecture underlined the necessity for e-Infrastructures as the main component enabling local and international collaboration. GEANT concept as the communication commons (connectivity and research programme) have been discussed in detail, and CEENet role as the catalyser of e-Infrastructures and stimulator of research in the region (project helpdesk activities) has been underlined.

The panel that followed immediately the keynote lecture was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Sri Lanka and USA. The summary of the panel findings was given by Michal Przybylski, during following plenary session.

CEENET/CEENGINE presentation in Belarus

Dr Peter Bogatencov presented CEENGINE and other infrastructure supporting projects during his keynote lecture at The Fourth International Scientific Conference “Supercomputer Systems and Applications” (SSA`2012)”, organized by UIIP NAS Belarus, in Minsk, 23-25.10.2012.

CEENGINE Newsletter #6, November 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 6, November 2012

CEENET refreshes contacts with TERENA

CEENet has refreshed the contacts with TERENA ( with the objective to collaborate in the areas beneficiary to both associations and its members in Eastern Europe.

The organizations confirmed the validity of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2000 and agreed on the new opening and future collaboration within GN3 and GN3+ projects.

CEENet will also seek TERENA’s assistance for its workshops organized in Eastern Europe.

CEENGINE findings discussed at Global Forum in Stockholm

Prof. Oliver Popov has participated in Global Forum in Stockholm 2012 – “Shaping a connected digital future”.

Amongst the number of closed session, one was devoted to the impact of digital technology/Internet in the emerging regions of Southern Caucasus, Central Asia and Subsaharan Africa, where Prof. Popov discussed the findings of CEENGINE for aforementioned regions.


The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 5, June 2012. SPECIAL GEANT EDITION

CEENet launches GEANT campaign

Dear Friends,

CEENet decided to capitalize its almost 20-years of history of NRENs incubation and support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – and to apply for GEANT membership. This application is an effect of unanimous decision of non-GEANT CEENet members and associates who foresee the need for reducing the research and development gap between GEANT and non-GEANT NRENs. Our research within CEENGINE project shows that there is clear demand to enforce GEANT activities in Eastern Europe and to prepare yet non-GEANT NRENs to smooth transition to full GEANT membership. Such enforcement cannot happen without proper representation of non-GEANT NRENs in GEANT.

CEENet, an organisation established by and supporting Eastern Europe and Central Asia NRENs, is a key player in this process. In our belief, GEANT shall be open to all European NRENs and their associations and we would like to ask you for your support in this process. Please find below the rational for our activity and proposed programme.

CEENet Management Committee:

  • Krasimir Simonski – BREN, Bulgaria,
  • Andrey Mendkovich – FREENet, Russia,
  • Oliver Popov – Stockholm Technical University, Sweden,
  • Octavian Rusu – RoEduNet, Romania,
  • Peter Bogatencov – RENAM, Moldova,
  • Vadim Navotny, UzSciNet, Uzbekistan


Supported by:

ACONET(Austria), ANA(Albania), ASNET-AM(Armenia), AZRENA(Azerbaijan), BREN(Bulgaria), e-ARENA(Russia) FREENet(Russia), GRENA(Georgia), ISOC-AM(Armenia), KAZRENA(Kazakhstan), MREN(Montenegro), NASK(Poland), RBNET(Russia), RENAM(Moldova), RoEduNet(Romania), SANET(Slovakia), TURENA(Turkmenistan), UARNET(Ukraine) UPT(Albania), URAN(Ukraine), UZSCINET(Uzbekistan)

Children Charity – CEENet helps to plant the seeds for the future

Prof. Iskra Popova,  senior project officer at SPIDER, Swedish ICT4D broker ( and CEENet collaborative, had a presentation for World Vision ( - a children charity foundation, where the development of ICT instruments for humanitarian and support activities was discussed. World Vision has selected SPIDER (Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions) as their support in the pursuit for ICT-competent institutions, able to provide support to World Vision’s charity activities in Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. The meeting held on May 5th 2012 in Brussels, was attended by representatives from World Vision national offices from Albania, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Prof. Popova underlined the achievements of CEENet and its members with building ICT infrastructures that could be further used also for the charitable purposes. CEENet is committed to such activities and declared further support to World Vision in Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus.

CEENET influences GN3 to open way for new membership types

Last GEANT NREN PC meeting in Munich (15.3.2012) has brought revolutionary change to the current GN3 membership scheme. A new idea that will be incorporated in GN3+ proposal later this year, will include the possibility to participate in GN3+ works even without being physically connected to the core network. It is a great chance to include the human resources of many NRENs that can not afford connecting to GEANT yet.

This proposal also removes the important factor slowing down GEANT expansion in the Eastern Europe – this is high connectivity cost in non-competitive markets and related increase in the shared-costs of other GEANT members. Now potential new NREN members of GEANT will be able to collaborate in research activities of the project, while still connecting to GEANT via their existing commercial uplinks.

CEENet community welcomes such proposal with great satisfaction.

CEENGINE and Technical University of Ukraine submitted an EOI to capacity building grant to World Bank

CEENGINE and Technical University of Ukraine submitted an EOI to capacity building grant to World Bank

If selected, CEENet will participate in a grant to:

  • Establish and manage a Capacity Building Initiative in a sustainable manner;
  • Undertake a capacity building needs assessment and strategy development;
  • Develop required training content, drawing upon resources of infoDev and its partners, in particular the ICT Regulation Toolkit, and the forthcoming Broadband Strategies Toolkit;
  • Develop required training content, drawing upon resources of infoDev and its partners, in particular the ICT Regulation Toolkit, and the forthcoming Broadband Strategies Toolkit;
  • Deliver training programs aimed at (1) public officials and regulators working in the ICT sector; and (2) students enrolled in formal education programs at the hosting or affiliated university of the Host;
  • Support the broader program on Creating Sustainable Businesses in its activities, notably on broadband competitiveness and mobile applications.
CEENGINE Newsletter #4, March 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 4, March 2012

CEENet supports culture exchange platform in Eastern Europe

CEENet – Central and Eastern European Networking Association has successfully supported our members in preparing grant application with the objective to create on-line culture exchange and collaboration platform. The system will provide a set of tools supporting development and management of international cultural events, exchange of cultural contents and cross border cooperation. Amongst the stakeholders of the project are: Georgian Research and Education Network, Research Network of Moldova, Armenian Monument Awareness Project, Department of Bourgas and European Regional Framework for Co-operation.

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop (Eastern Partnership Event) report

CEENGINE is proud to announce Eastern Partnership Event report – a result of the workshop held in Bucharest in December 2011.

The Eastern Europe Partnership Event was hosted by the National Authority for Scientific Research of Romania in collaboration with RoEduNet and the EC-funded projects SEERA-EI, GÉANT, HP-SEE and CEENGINE. The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders of e-Infrastructures in Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, South Caucasus and central Asia to meet and promote better international visibility.

The most important workshop recommendations include:

  • No researchers from Eastern European countries should be left out of global science due to a lack of e-Infrastructure.
  • Countries building-up their e-Infrastructures are urged to integrate the acquisition of rights for a nation-wide dark fibre backbone as a national priority
  • The CEENGINE FP7 project identifies novel policies, services and user communities that can play a transformative role in assisting some CEENet members evolving to e-Infrastructure providers with special emphasis on supporting and developing e-Science applications

Download full report

CEENGINE Newsletter #3, January 2012

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 3, January 2012

CEENet Secretary General moves to ISOC – CEENGINE has new coordinator

As of December 2011, CEENet Secretary General Jacek Gajewski, will leave CEENet and take the permanent position in ISOC in Geneva. Since Jacek will also vacate the seat of the Project Coordinator, the Steering Committee of CEENGINE project has designated Michal Przybylski as the “acting coordinator “to coordinate CEENGINE project.

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop was a success

We are pleased to inform about the successful completion of the CEENGINE Policy Workshop. With attendance of over 80 NRENs managers and politicians we were able to discuss the most important issues related to NRENs and their political environment. We have seen the successful cases of Romania and Serbia which can be good examples for our region. We expect the full report from the workshop around January 2012

CEENet General Assembly selects new Management Committee

CEENet has held its General Assembly in the beginning of November in Bucharest. The highlights of the meeting include:

  • previous Management Committee has been discharged
  • new Management Committee has been elected with Krassimir Simonski of BREN serving as the new Chairman
  • Michal Przybylski has been appointed as the Secretary General
Good CEENGINE review in Brussels

It is already half of the project and we are happy to mark a good score at our mid-term review in Brussels. One of the important outputs of the review was the recommendation on intensyfying our contacts with users. In January we will start our campaign and further investigation of our users community

Octavian Rusu of ROEDUNET appointed new CEENGINE coordinator

It is our pleasure to inform that dr Octavian Rusu has accepted the role of the new coordinator of CEENGINE project. He will be take the vacant position resulting from Jacek Gajewski’s retirement in December.

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop in Bucharest

CEENGINE has a pleasure to invite all NRENs managers and stakeholders to its NREN Policy Workshop – an event aiming at strengthening the position and sustainability of NRENs in Eastern Europe, Caucassus and Central Asia.

Event website:

Date & Location

CEENGINE NREN Policy Workshop will take place on 7-8 November 2011 in Bucharest.


The event  is co-organised by CEENGINE, GEANT and HP-SEE and it is hosted by Romanian Authority for Scientific Research (i.e. Ministry of Science)

Target audience:

  • policy and decision makers,
  • representatives of EU,
  • NREN managers,
  • project coordinators

Workshop topics:

  • NREN structure, organization and management,
  • Relation to national agencies and ministries, research and education institutions, European  and international  associations and organizations,
  • Funding mechanisms and sustainability
  • Special sessions on
    • developing an NREN,
    • building cross border links – from MoUs to procurement, implementation and operations
  • CEENet Global Outreach Concept
CEENGINE Newsletter #2, October 2011

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 2, October 2011

CEENET participates in eInfrastructures concertation meeting in Lyon

Representatives of CEENGINE participated in 9th e-Infrastructures Concertation Meeting in Lyon (22-23 September 2011). Apart from the possibility to meet other active participants of EU infrastructure projects, the event was a good opportunity to tighten the relations with EU and GEANT. An important result of the meeting was the discussion about the ideas for the future of GEANT consortium and especially its relations with the NRENs from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the framework of GEANT3+ project.

CEENGINE meeting in Kiev

CEENGINE meeting will be held in Kiev on 9-10 September 2011. The meeting will summarise the first year of the project and provide the planning of work for 2012

CEENGINE supports Lviv Information Center

A new initiative of the construction of Lviv Information Center is supported by CEENGINE. Upon the request of our Ukrainian partners from Lviv we are organising a meeting between researchers from Lviv (Ukraine) and potential partners from Rzeszów and Lublin (Poland) to create a consortium able to apply for ENPI grant from PL-BY-UA programme. The meeting will be organized within the 3rd Partner Search Forum in Lublin on August 30th 2011.

CEENGINE press release in Russian

Вена, Амстердам, 08.06.2011


Маленький проект и большие результаты


Политика Ассоциации Сетей Центральной и Восточной Европы (CEENet) по стимулированию восточно-европейских и центрально-азиатских научно-образовательных сетей теперь дополнена проектом CEENGINE (Двигатель сетей Центральной и Восточной Европы), начатым Европейской Комиссией в рамках программы «7th Framework».

Этот трехгодичный проект, начатый в июле 2010, должен повторить прошлые успехи CEENet в области поддержки создания, формирования и развития национальных научно-образовательных сетей в Центральной, Восточной и Южной Европе, а также в Центральной Азии.

При продержке Комиссии Ассоциация будет более активно принимать участие в развитии этих научно-образовательных сетей и вовлечении их в GÉANT3, европейскую научно-образовательную магистральную сеть.

Развитие научно-образовательных сетей – сложный процесс, в котором участвуют стороны с разными взглядами и целями. Задачей CEENGINE является изучение развития научно-образовательных сетей в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии. CEENGINE также координирует существующие проекты, направленные на то, чтобы усилить позиции научно-образовательных сетей в регионе. В их числе: работы в сфере НИОКР, тренинги персонала, создание трансграничных соединений и политическая поддержка.

Деятельность CEENet показала свою высокую эффективность в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии, а CEENGINE сделает потенциально возможным распространение поддержки CEENet в других слаборазвитых регионах, например, в Тропической Африке.

Важная причина успехов CEENGINE – тесное сотрудничество с GÉANT3 и TERENA.

«Опыт CEENet – ценный актив, который поможет нам усилить наши связи с местными научно-образовательными сетями, – считает Василис Магралис, председатель Комитета Национальной Научно-Образовательной и Сетевой Политики проекта GÉANT3. – Мы рады, что Европейская Комиссия поддерживает такие проекты и мы надеемся на эффективную работу в этом регионе».

«TERENA поддерживает новые сообщества на территории Европы на протяжении последних лет, основывая свою работу на сотрудничестве с организациями, входящими в ее состав. CEENet накопила 20-летний опыт развития в Восточной Европе местных научно-образовательных сетей, – говорит Карл Витч, Генеральный Секретарь TERENA. – Идет успешное сотрудничество CEENet и TERENA в рамках проектов по поддержке сетевого развития. Одно из таких совместных мероприятий пройдет в рамках узловой Конференции по проблемам информационной инфраструктуры Восточной Европы, которая состоится 7-8 ноября 2011 в Бухаресте. Мы верим, что с помощью этого мероприятия добьемся существенного эффекта в регионе».

Профессор А. С. Мендкович, Председатель CEENet, уверен в этом проекте. «Это большая честь и большие возможности, – считает он. – У нас есть шанс значительно расширить свою деятельность в регионе. Это маленький проект, но его результаты будут весьма большими».


CEENet некоммерческая ассоциация, зарегистрированная в 1999 году в Австрии. Ее участниками являются 22 организации из Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии. CEENet сотрудничала проектом «Виртуального шелкового пути», который был направлен на предоставление качественных высокоскоростных спутниковых соединений с GÉANT для стран в Закавказья и Центральной Азии. Этот проект заменила иная инициатива CEENet – «Porta Optica», в рамках которой оценивается готовности научно-образовательных сетей к широкополосным соединениям, а в перспективе – к участию в проекте Черноморского Соединения (BSI), который должен в конечном итоге соединить Закавказье (Армению, Азербайджан, Грузию) с оптоволоконными сетями GÉANT3.

CEENGINE координирует свою работу только с CEENet, которая является его единственным партнером.

CEENGINE press release in Georgian

ვენა, ამსტერდამი, თბილისი, 08.06.2011

პატარა პროექტი დიდი შედეგებით

ცენტრალური და აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის ქსელური ასოციაცია CEENet-ის ვალდებულება, ხელი შეუწყოს აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის და ცენტრალური აზიის NREN-ების (ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელები) განვითარებას, ამჟამად კიდევ უფრო გაიზარდა CEENGINE (ცენტრალური და აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის ქსელების ძრავი) პროექტის ფარგლებში, რომელიც დაფინანსებულია ევროკომისიის მე-7 ჩარჩო პროგრამის მიერ.

სამწლიანი პროექტი, რომელიც დაიწყო 2010 წლის ივლისში, გამოიყენებს CEENet-ის წარმატებულ გამოცდილებას სტიმულირება გაუწიოს და გააღრმაოს ის საქმიანობა, რომელიც დაკავშირებულია ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების შექმნასა და განვითარებასთან ცენტრალურ, აღმოსავლეთ და სამხრეთ ევროპაში, აგრეთვე ცენტრალურ აზიაში.

ევროკომისიის დახმარებით, ასოციაცია უფრო აქტიურად ჩაერთვება ამ NREN-ების მიმდინარე განვითარებაში  და GEANT3-ში (ევროპის სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო მაგისტრალური ქსელი) მათი ინტეგრაციის პროცესში.

NREN-ის განვითარება წარმოადგენს რთულ პროცესს, რომელშიც მონაწილე მხარეებს გააჩნიათ სხვადასხვა ხედვა და მიზნები. CEENGINE პროექტის ამოცანაა დეტალურად გამოიკვლიოს აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის და ცენტრალური აზიის NREN-ების განვითარების მდგომარეობა. CEENGINE კოორდინირებას გაუწევს მიმდინარე აქტივობებს, რათა NREN-ებმა გაიძლიერონ თავიანთი პოზიცია რეგიონში. პროექტი დაეხმარება NREN-ებს კვლევებსა და განვითარებაში, თანამშრომელთა ტრეინინგებში, საერთაშორისო არხების ორგანიზებაში და პოლიტიკური მხარდაჭერის მოპოვებაში.

CEENet-ის საქმიანობა ძალზედ ეფექტური აღმოჩნდა აღმოსავლეთ ევროპასა და ცენტრალურ აზიაში, ამიტომ CEENGINE პროექტის ფარგლებში აგრეთვე შეფასებული იქნება CEENet-ის დახმარების გაფართოების შესაძლებლობა სხვა ნაკლებად განვითარებული რეგიონებისათვის (მაგალითად აფრიკისათვის).

CEENGINE პროექტის წარმატების მნიშვნელოვანი ფაქტორია მჭიდრო თანამშრომლობა GEANT3-თან და  TERENA-სთან (ტრანს-ევროპული სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების ასოციაცია).

”CEENet-ის გამოცდილება ამ რეგიონში არის მნიშვნელოვანი აქტივი, რომელიც ჩვენ დაგვეხმარება კავშირების გაფართოებაში ადგილობრივ NREN-ებთან”, აღნიშნა GEANT3 პროექტის ნაციონალური სამეცნიერო-საგანმანათლებლო ქსელების სტრატეგიის კომიტეტის თავმჯდომარემ ვასილის მაგლარისმა. ”ჩვენ მოხარულები ვართ რომ ევროკომისიამ სათანადოდ შეაფასა ეს საქმიანობა და ველოდებით შესაბამის რეაგირებას ამ რეგიონიდან”.

”TERENA უკვე რამდენიმე წელია ეხმარება განვითარებად საზოგადოებებს სამხრეთ-აღმოსავლეთ ევროპაში და აძლიერებს თავის საქმიანობას TERENA-ს წევრ ორგანიზაციებთან. CEENet-ს გააჩნია მნიშვნელოვანი ცოდნა აღმოსავლეთ ევროპის რეგიონის და მისი NREN-ების შესახებ, რომელიც დაფუძნებულია საგანმანათლებლო ქსელებთან ოცწლიან თანამშრომლობაზე” აღნიშნა  TERENA-ს გენერალურმა მდივანმა კარელ ვიჩმა. ”მიმდინარეობს ნაყოფიერი თანამშრომლობა  TERENA-სა და CEENet-ს შორის ქსელების განვითარების ხელშეწყობის კუთხით. თანამშრომლობის ერთ მაგალითს წარმოადგენს ერთობლივად ორგანიზებული წარმომადგენლობითი კონფერენცია აღმოსავლეთ ევროპაში ე-ინფრასტრუქტურის სტრატეგიის შესახებ, რომელიც გაიმართება 2011 წლის 7-8 ნოემბერს ბუქარესტში. ჩვენ გვჯერა, რომ ამ შეხვედრას ექნება დადებითი შედეგი რეგიონისთვის”.

CEENet თავმჯდომარე პროფესორი ანდრეი მენდკოვიჩი დარწმუნებულია პროექტის წარმატებაში. ის აღნიშნავს, რომ ”ეს არის დიდი პატივი და დიდი პასუხისმგებლობა. ჩვენ გვაქვს შანსი მნიშვნელოვნად გავაძლიეროთ ჩვენი თანამშრომლობა რეგიონთან. ეს არის პატარა პროექტი დიდი შედეგებით.”

CEENGINE press release – Azeri

Vyana, Amsterdam, 08.06.2011

Böyük nəticələri olan kiçik layihə

Mərkəzi və Şərqi Avropa Şəbəkələri Assosiasiyası (CEENet) Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiya Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrini canlandırmaqdadavamlı öhdəlik götürmüşdür. Hal-hazırda isə 7-ci Çərçivə Proqramı üzrə Avropa Komissiyası tərəfindən maliyyələşdirilən CEENGINE (Mərkəzi vəŞərqi Avropa Şəbəkə Motorlayihəsini genişləndirilir.

2010-cu ilin iyulundan başlayan üç illik layihə CEENet keçmiş uğurlar üzərində inşa edilmiş Mərkəzi, Şərqi və Cənubi-ci ildə Avropa və MərkəziAsiyada Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrinin yenidən uzun müddətə yaradılmasıinkubasiyası və inkişafını bağlı CEENet-in işlərini həyata keçirəcəkdir.

Komissiya dəstəyi iləAssosiasiya (CEENet) GÉANT3 – Avropa Təhsil və Tədqiat şəbkəsi istiqamətində bu Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələrinin daha sabit və intensiv inkişafı ilə məşgul olacaq.

Bir MTTŞ-in inkişafı müxtəlif fikirləri və məqsədləri olan oyunçuların cəlb olunduğu mürəkkəb prosesdir. CEENGINE layihəsinin məqsədi benchmark üçün Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyada MTTŞ-in cari vəziyyətini inkişaf etdirməkdir. CEENGINE MTTŞ-in regionda mövqeyini gücləndirmək üçün olan bütün fəaliyyətlərini birləşdirir və R & D dəstək, kadr hazırlığı, trans-sərhəd keçid və siyasi dəstək bunlara daxildir.

CEENetin fəaliyyəti Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyada çox səmərəli olmuşdur və CEENGINE (Alt-Sahara Afrika kimi) daha az inkişaf etmiş digər bölgələrdə CEENetin dəstəyinin genişləndirilməsi imkanlarını qiymətləndirəcəkdir.

CEENGINE  uğurlarının ən mühüm amillərindən birini GÉANT3 və TERENA ilə sıx əməkdaşlıq və sinerji təşkil edir.

“Bu regionda CEENetin aktiv təcrübəsi bizə yerli MTTŞ-in bağlantılarını gücləndirmək üçün dəyərli kömək edir” deyə GÉANT3 layihəsinin Milli Tədqiqat və Təhsil Şəbəkələri üzrə Siyasət Komitəsi (NREN PC) sədri Vasilis Maglaris bildirib “Biz Avropa Komissiyası bu kimi işləri qiymətləndirməsinə çox şadiq və bu regionda yaxşə nəticələri gözləyirik”.

“TERENA bir neçə il ərzində cənub-şərqi Avropada yaranan icmalara dəstək olmuşdur və ona üzv olan təşkilatlarla işlərini daha da gücləndirir. CEENet Şərqi Avropa regionunda və onun MTTŞ-də onların iyirmi illik uzunmüddətli əsaslı akademik şəbəkə dəstəyi əsasında əsas kompetentliyi inkişaf etmişdir “, Karel Vitç, TERENA-nın Baş katibi bildirib.” TERENA və CEENe-tin Şəbəkə İnkişafına Dəstək fəaliyyətləri arasında sinerji var. Belə müştərək əməkdaşlıq tədbirlərindən biri Buxarestdə 7-8 noyabr 2011-ci il tarixində keçiriləcək Şərqi Avropada E-infrastrukturlar üzrə birgə Siyasi seminardır. Biz inanırıq ki, bu tədbir regionda faydalı təsir buraxacaq və biz onun müsbət nəticələrini görəcəyik.

CEENet-in sədri, Prof Andrey S. Mendkoviçin layihəyə böyük inamı var. “Bu, böyük bir şərəf və böyük bir imkandır”, o deyir “Bizim regionda olan fəaliyyətimizə  böyük bir  təkan vermək şansımız var. Bu, böyük nəticələr olan kiçik bir layihədir”.


CEENet Şərqi Avropa və Mərkəzi Asiyadan olan iyirmi iki üzvü ilə birlikdə 1999-cu ildə Avstriyada qeyri-kommersiya  Asossasiyası kimi qeydiyyatdan keçmişdir. CEENet Cənubi Qafqaz və Mərkəzi Asiyada peyk vasitəsilə yüksək sürətli və yüksək güclü İnternet bağlantısı təmin edən GÉANT-la birgə Virtual İpək Yolu layihəsində fəaliyyət göstərmişdir. CEENet tərəfindən dəstəklənən İPƏK layihəsi, “Porta Optica” adlı layihə başqa, əvəz olunmuşdur, hansı ki,  MTTŞ-in Qara Dəniz Layihəsi (BSİ) tərəfindən genişzolaqlı bağlantıya  hazırlığı yoxlanlmış və qiymətləndirilmiş və nəhayət, Cənubi Qafqaz ölkələri (Ermənistan, Azərbaycan, Gürcüstan) Optik linkdən  istifadə üçün GÉANT3 layihəsinə qoşulmuşdur.
Bu CEENGINE layihəsinin yeganə tərəfdaşı və əlaqələndiricisi CEENetdir.

CEENGINE Newsletter #1, June 2011

The official newsletter of CEENGINE project, Issue 1, June 2011

CEENGINE progress reviewed as “good”

It is our pleasure to inform that the first CEENGINE review has been conducted successfully and the results of the review are “good”

As the reviewers say:

“The work plan was, overall well adhered to  and the presentation material presented at the review to outline the detailed plans and giving all the requisite background for everybody to follow was abundant (more than 70 slides with real contents) and excellent.  The material and the discussions served to remind us all  about the vast and deep knowledge the CEENGINE Management team has built up about all these “peripheral” countries through many and various initiatives towards them in the past (CERT creations, Network academies with CISCO, organization of many technical and management workshops, etc.)”

We are looking forward to future challenges with CEENGINE

CEENGINE Press Release

A small project with great consequences


The continuing commitment of the Central and Eastern European Networking Association (CEENet) to animating Eastern European and Central Asian NRENs is now enhanced by the CEENGINE (Central and Eastern European Networking Engine) project, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

Started on July 2010, this three-year long enterprise will build on the past successes of CEENet in re-enforcing and stimulating CEENet activities related to the creation, incubation and development of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and in Central Asia.

With Commission support, the Association will engage more intensively and aggressively in the current and ongoing development of these NRENs towards GÉANT3 – the European research and education backbone network.

The development of an NREN is a complex process involving players with different visions and goals. The objective of CEENGINE is to benchmark the current state of NREN development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. CEENGINE coordinates ongoing activities in order to strengthen the position of NRENs in the region and includes R&D support, staff training, cross-border connections and political support.

CEENet activities have proven very effective in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and CEENGINE will evaluate the possibility of extending CEENet support to other less-developed regions (such as Sub-Saharan Africa).

An important factor in the success of CEENGINE is the close cooperation and synergy with GÉANT3 and TERENA.

“CEENet’s experience in this region is a valuable asset, which can help us to strengthen our links to local NRENs”, said Vasilis Maglaris, the Chairman of the National Research & Education Networks Policy Committee (NREN PC) of the GÉANT3 project. “We are happy to see that the European Commission rewards such activities and we are looking forward to feedback from this region”.

„TERENA has been supporting emerging communities in southeast Europe for several years, building on the strength of its work with TERENA member organisations. CEENet has developed solid competence in the Eastern European region and its NRENs, based on their twenty-year long support for academic networking there”, said Karel Vietch, Secretary General of TERENA.„There is synergy between the Networking Development Support activities of TERENA and CEENet. One of these collaboration events will take place in a joint Policy Workshop on E-Infrastructures in Eastern Europe on 7-8 November 2011 in Bucharest. We believe that this event will have a beneficial impact on the region and are looking forward to it”.

Prof. Andrey S. Mendkovich, Chairman of CEENet, has confidence in the project. „This is a great honour and a great opportunity„, he says. „We have a chance of a major boost of our activities the region. This is a small project with great consequences”.


CEENet is not-for-profit association, registered in 1999 in Austria, with twenty-two members from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. CEENet co-operated with Virtual Silk Highway project, which provided satellite connections to ensure a high-speed and high-capacity Internet connection to GÉANT for the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The SILK project has been replaced by another project supported by CEENet, called „Porta Optica”, which assessed and verified the readiness of NRENs for broadband connectivity – and also by the Black Sea Interconnection (BSI) project, which finally connected the Southern Caucasus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) to GÉANT3 using optical links.

The CEENGINE project is coordinated by the CEENet, which is the only partner.