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 (3rd edition, updated on 05.10.2023).

The digital transformation is making the EU institutions and administration more vulnerable to cyber-threats and incidents. Their number has surged dramatically in recent years: there were as many incidents 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 was assigned to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). The report was adopted unanimously in the ITRE meeting on 9 March 2023. The committee’s decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations was confirmed by the plenary on 15 March 2023. A provisional agreement was reached during the trilogue on 26 June 2023. ITRE confirmed the political agreement at its meeting on 18 September 2023 and Parliament is expected to adopt the text as agreed during its plenary session in November 2023.


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
Rapporteur:Henna Virkkunen (EPP, Finland)2022/0085(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland)
Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (Renew, Spain)
Mikuláš Peksa (Greens/EFA, Czechia)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czechia)
Markus Buchheit (ID, Germany)
Marc Botenga (The Left, Belgium)
Ordinary legislative procedure
(COD) (Parliament and Council
on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Vote in plenary

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