Political Agreement reached on new mandate for ENISA

Jan 30, 2013

Τhe Irish EU Presidency has announced the successful conclusion of discussions on a new mandate for ENISA. The news came yesterday evening (29th January) following an agreement reached in the final trialogue meeting between the EU Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

The conclusion is a key step towards a new EU Regulation that will confirm ENISA’s remit and enhance its ability to support cyber security for Europe.  

The agreement is subject to final approval by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER ), and will “lead to a more robust, reinforced Agency, better able to meet the technological challenges and demands facing the EU now and in the future,” the Irish EU Presidency concludes.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes (responsible for ENISA and cybersecurity) commented: "A political agreement on the renewed mandate of ENISA was reached this evening at the third trialogue that took place in the European Parliament. This is a timely development, particularly in light of the Cyber Security Strategy and legislative proposal on network and information security which will be adopted by the Commission shortly."

The Executive Director of ENISA, Professor Udo Helmbrecht added: “On behalf of all at ENISA, I would like to thank everyone involved in this successful conclusion to the trialogue. We welcome these positive signals and this increased focus on cyber security. We will follow the further final steps of the legislative process with keen interest. Assuming that this political agreement is adopted, and all goes as foreseen, ENISA will have a stable framework to support robust cyber security in Europe, to the benefit of citizens, businesses and the European economy.”

Background:

  • The Commission is planning to adopt an EU Cybersecurity Strategy and related directive on 7 February
  • ENISA's mandate will be for 7 years from the official publication of the agreement.

 

 Full Irish Presidency news text

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