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Parliamentary questions
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14 June 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001324/2019

The EU Cyber Defence Policy Framework was last updated in November 2018(1) to further develop EU cyber defence policy. The development of cyber defence capabilities, as well as the protection of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy communication and information networks, have been identified as key priorities.

Other ongoing EU initiatives in the area of security and defence such as the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, projects set up by Member States in the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation and cooperation with NATO will also contribute to greater cooperation in the field of cyber defence.

Work on the operationalisation of a framework for a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities, the Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox(2), has progressed since its adoption in June 2017, including on restrictive measures where a horizontal regime against cyber-attacks has recently been established by the Council(3).

The directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive)(4) has now been transposed in most Member States. The NIS Directive laid down, in fine, two cooperation forums (the Cooperation group and the Computer Security Incident Response Teams Network) to facilitate information sharing and mutual assistance among Member States.

In addition, the Cybersecurity Act(5), which will enter into force later in 2019, requires the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security to support Member States, upon their request, in the handling of cybersecurity incidents, in particular in case of large scale cross-border incidents.


Last updated: 14 June 2019Legal notice