Feb 28 2021

EU leaders aim at boosting defense and security, including cybersecurity

Category: cyber securityDISC @ 12:21 pm

During the recent video conference of the members of the European Council (25-26 February 2021), NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg highlighted the importance to define a strategy to boost defense and security.

“We want to act more strategically, to defend our interests and to promote our values.” said Charles Michel, President of the European Council. “We will step up our cooperation and our coordination to combat hybrid threats and disinformation.”

Member states highlighted the importance of close cooperation with NATO and strengthening partnerships with the UN and key regional partners. The EU leaders emphasized that they looked forward to cooperating with the new US administration on a strong and ambitious transatlantic agenda that included a close dialogue on security and defence.

Participants are committed to providing secure European access to space, cyberspace and the high seas.

“In light of the growing number and complexity of cyber threats, we aim to strengthen European cyber resilience and responsiveness and to improve the cybersecurity crisis management framework. Following the Cybersecurity Strategy presented in December 2020, we invite the Commission and the High Representative to report on implementation by June 2021.” reads a statement from EU leaders. “In addition, we invite the co-legislators to swiftly take work forward, particularly on the revised Directive on security of network and information systems (NIS 2 Directive). We also call for greater cooperation and coordination to prevent and respond to hybrid threats, including disinformation, inter alia by involving the private sector and relevant international actors.”

EU leaders invited the Commission and the High Representative, Josep Borrell, to work on the implementation of the Cybersecurity Strategy by June 2021.

Tags: boosting defense and security, EU leaders