Members' Research Service By / September 5, 2022

High common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union [EU Legislation in Progress]

While growing digital connectivity brings enormous opportunities, it also exposes economies and societies to cyber-threats and cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle in the EU

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Written by Mar Negreiro.

The digital transformation is making the EU institutions and administration more vulnerable to cyber-threats and incidents, the number of which has surged dramatically in recent years. There were as many during the first half of 2021 as in the whole of 2020, for instance.

Yet an analysis of 20 Union institutions, bodies and agencies showed that their governance, preparedness, cybersecurity capability and maturity vary substantially, weakening the system.

This proposal for a regulation would establish a common framework to ensure that similar cybersecurity rules and measures are applied within all Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, to improve their resilience and incident-response capacities and rapidly improve the existing situation.

In the European Parliament, the file has been allocated to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), where the rapporteur is working on her draft report.

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union
Committee responsible:Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)COM(2022) 0122
22.3.2022
Rapporteur:Henna Virkkunen (EPP, Finland)2022/0085(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Eva Kaili (S&D, Greece)
Izaskun Bilbao Barrandica (Renew, Spain)
Mikuláš Peksa (Greens/EFA, Czechia)
Markus Buchheit (ID, Germany)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czechia)
Marc Botenga (The Left, Belgium)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

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