Agreement on First EU-Wide Legislation on Cybersecurity


EC logoThe European Parliament, Council and Commission have agreed on the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. A growing number of security incidents are affecting information systems. These incidents have various origins, including unintentional mistakes, technical failures, natural disasters or malicious attacks. They disrupt the delivery of services such as water, electricity, healthcare, or transport. The European Commission has made it a priority to help prevent these incidents, and should they occur, to provide efficient responses. Following this agreement, the text must be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. It will then be published and officially enter into force. EU Member States will have 21 months to implement it. The European Commission will build on this achievement by launching a public-private partnership on cybersecurity in 2016.

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