EU Establishes Joint Cyber Unit
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented the first report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the EU Cyber Security Strategy for the Digital Decade adopted in December 2020. The European Commission also decided to set up an office of the EU Cyber Security Agency in Brussels.
The European Commission said in a statement it is in line with the provisions of the EU Security Strategy and the EU Cyber Security Strategy. The move is intended to contribute to « building a secure digital economy and society » and to be « an important step towards completing a European cyber security crisis management system ».
The joint cyber unit will act as a platform to coordinate the EU’s response to large-scale cyber incidents and crises, as well as to provide assistance in restoring information infrastructure after these attacks. The new platform is expected to strengthen cooperation between relevant EU bodies and agencies and EU member state authorities. The new structure is scheduled to be in place by 31 December 2022.