Benefits of Membership
The benefits of
membership will depend on what you put in, time and resources, over and above
your subscriptions. Some members wish merely to keep in touch with what is
happening and receive notices of policy initiatives and consultations. Others
wish not only to work with their peers to influence what is happening but to
help set the political agendas of the future, before policies are drafted.
Opportunities to help
set the policies of the future
together working groups from the ICT industry (suppliers, users, trade
associations and professional bodies) to work with officials to analyse issues
not well addressed by others, identify possible ways forward, test these for
consensus (professional, industrial and political) and help achieve realistic
outcomes during the legislative process.
record on issues like Data Protection, Telecommunications Policy, the Regulation
of Investigatory Powers, the electronic signatures legislation, Y2K and Good
Practice in planning and procurement mean members can genuinely help improve the
legislative process by working with those responsible for drafting policy,
particularly where it cuts across departmental boundaries. Members work with
their competitors, partners, suppliers and customers to provide well informed
and balanced inputs to discussion and case studies of practical experience with
what works and what does not.
For example some of the case studies of low cost, rapid payback, joined-up local
systems produced in the course of the “Transformational
Government dialogues” helped not only change thinking about how to deliver
public services but also highlighted the need to reform the structures used for
up-front planning and procurement and subsequent performance monitoring.
Opportunities to make your
views known before legislation/regulation is agreed/implemented
dialogue with politicians and officials enables members to communicate business
perspectives to decision makers at the start of the legislative process, before
commitments are made and the policy choices formalised for consultation.
Focussed discussion at the policy-making stage has benefits for all parties,
especially if followed by well-informed debate at each stage, from consultation
and pre-legislative scrutiny through legislative debate to the statutory
instruments and regulatory decisions. A flexible structure allows EURIM to
respond quickly to developments in the legislative and pre-legislative arena.
For example a six week exercise to help officials re-write draft regulations for
the lawful interception of business communications, into line with what was
agreed during the negotiations over the original Directive and the UK
Legislation, as opposed to the errors that crept in during subsequent changes of
officials, saved members £millions on unintended overheads.
Opportunities to network with decision makers in
Government and Business
Parliamentary membership comprises Members of Parliament, Peers and Members of
the European Parliament and includes Ministers, Select Committee Chairmen and
women and members and their counterparts in the European Parliament. The
diversity of EURIM's Industry membership, which spans large and small
corporations, users and suppliers, trade associations, professional bodies and
other not-for-profit organisations, allows for a more complete representation of
the ICT sector and makes senior figures more willing to attend events and
For example the
workshops during the life of the ID card legislation were unique in bringing
together all sides of government (including potential departmental users) and
industry (not just the would-be suppliers) to look at the issues that would have
to be addressed whether or not the scheme went ahead.
Opportunities to work with EURIM's partner organisations on
joint events and initiatives
EURIM works with
and through partners such as Intellect, UK Payments, CPS, DEMOS, IPPR, BCS,
CILIP, IET, ISSA and the BSG wherever possible so as to demonstrate the
collective views of industry on the need for change - or to persuade politicians
to leave things to evolve without government intervention because of the risk
that intervention would not achieve its objectives and might even be
For example the
workshop on biometrics organised jointly with CESG was attended by those
planning over 70 government projects requiring authentication routines. The
show-case of examples of successful data sharing was attended by the then Home
Secretary and her predecessor as well as her Minister for ID cards and officials
from other departments and agencies.
EURIM round tables
brought together the relevant auditors (including NAO and Audit Commission) and
regulators (including the Information Commissioner's Office and FSA) as well as
Think Tanks (e.g. Centre for Policy Studies and DEMOS) and those looking at the
issues as business challenges or opportunities.
Opportunities to keep abreast of developments that will change
the way you do business
receive notice of consultations on the subjects in which they have shown
interest and events organised by partners on those consultations. Where no-one
else is doing so, EURIM will organise round tables with those running
consultations to help ensure balanced responses - and collective responses on
points where there is agreement. Members have access to all responses to
consultation exercises, along with published status reports, briefings, position
papers and guides. Members can also access a large archive of unpublished
papers, minutes and other documents that trace the course of legislation and
which provide vital background information for new developments.
It is not uncommon for some consultation meetings to be attended almost entirely
by EURIM members, because the other communications channels used have not
highlighted the potential importance of the consultation to those likely to be
gain business benefit by understanding what is likely to happen
EURIM meetings can
give participants insight into what is likely to happen, over what timescale, as
opposed to the claims of the supporters or opponents of an initiative or the
public statements of ministers or suppliers.
For example one
member was planning a project that depended on agreed standards for electronic
payment. He hosted a EURIM workshop to help expedite progress by bringing the
players together to discuss what had yet to be agreed and what was at stake for
suppliers and users - without mentioning his own project. It has been said that
the timetable for the EMV standards would not have been achieved without that
meeting. Most participants never knew that the host also saved over £250 million
by postponing his project until after the banks had committed to their UK/EU
Others have benefited from similar insights, positive as well as negative.
EURIM was one of the first organisations to recognise the impact
of the proposed RIP legislation. It helped organise
well-informed discussion and inputs at every stage: from the
original consultation, through the passage of the Bill to the
Statutory Instrument for the “Lawful interception of business
EURIM alerted government and politicians to the need for
co-operation with industry in the fight against e-Crime. The
ground-breaking EURIM-IPPR study set the original agenda for
the current UK Cybersecurity Strategy. It is helping launch
the E-Crime Reduction Partnership, to turn rhetoric into action.
What does the subscription cover?
Membership of all
working groups and sub-groups. Corporate and Associate members
may nominate different representatives to join each working
group or sub-group. Individual membership is for the named
individual only and can be credited against an upgrade when
others need to be involved.
Access to all group
activities, meetings and events.
Access to all EURIM
documentation:- minutes, briefings, overviews, guides, status
reports, position statements, consultation responses, etc.