MEPS CALL FOR ENHANCED CYBERSECURITY AND PROTECTION OF EU INFRASTRUCTURE
In a plenary debate with Commission Vice-President Schinas which took place on 18 October, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called for more EU ambition in cybersecurity and in protecting critical infrastructure.
MEPs argued that the recent Nord Stream incident has revealed the fragility of the EU’s infrastructure, and emphasised the danger of cyberattacks, pointing to cases impacting a shipping company in Denmark and the healthcare system in Ireland. In their opinion, the EU needs more ambitious legislation to secure critical infrastructure that should go beyond the proposals already under discussion (a law on the resilience of critical infrastructure (CER Directive) and new cybersecurity rules (NIS2 Directive)). Commission Vice-President Schinas noted that the legislation under discussion would equip Europe with an unprecedented “shield” against threats, whilst also acknowledging that more work to boost resilience is still needed, especially against state-backed threats.
Source: European Parliament