Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

On Thursday, 28 October from 14.00 to 15.00 CEST, lead MEP Bart Groothuis will brief journalists and answer questions on the new law voted the same day on cybersecurity in the EU.

Through the report, to be voted in the Industry, Research and Energy committee, MEPs will revise existing cybersecurity rules and strengthen EU security provisions. The updated law would introduce more stringent supervisory measures and stricter enforcement requirements, including harmonised sanctions regimes across EU countries. It also includes proposals for national and EU levels to cooperate with each other on cyber crisis management.

The vote will take place on 28 October in the morning. Rapporteur Bart Groothuis (Renew Europe, NL), will brief journalists and answer questions on the committee position and the next steps of the procedure.

The briefing will be held from 14.00 to 15.00 CEST, on the record via Webex and for media representatives only.

Journalists can sign up for the briefing before Wednesday, 27 October at 16.00 by emailing baptiste.chatain@europarl.europa.eu. All registered participants will receive a connection link on Wednesday evening.

Background

The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity, and its specific aim was to achieve a high common level of cybersecurity across the

Member States. While it increased the Member States’ cybersecurity capabilities, its implementation proved difficult, resulting in fragmentation at different levels across the internal market.

To respond to the growing threats posed with digitalisation and the surge in cyber-attacks, the Commission has submitted a proposal to replace the NIS Directive and thereby strengthen the security requirements, address the security of supply chains, streamline reporting obligations, and introduce more stringent supervisory measures and stricter enforcement requirements, including harmonised sanctions across the EU.

The proposed expansion of the scope covered by the NIS2, by effectively obliging more entities and sectors to take measures, would assist in increasing the level of cybersecurity in Europe in the longer term.

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