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Cybersecurity Policy Challenges on the Agenda of the European Parliament Delegation Visit to ENISA

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) welcomed the visit of Members of the European Parliament’s committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to discuss current cybersecurity challenges and latest policy developments.

Published on July 19, 2022

Led by Member of Parliament Henna Vikkunen (EPP), Members of the ITRE committee and several political groups paid a visit to the Athens headquarters of ENISA yesterday and today.

The programme of the visit included discussions with the Executive Director, Juhan Lepassaar and the Agency's experts who presented the major activities of ENISA and engaged in discussions on the key cybersecurity policy files of today.

With the background of the cyber dimension of the Russia’s war on the Ukraine, cybersecurity legislation is currently subject to a number of essential developments in relation to the NIS 2 Directive, to the upcoming cybersecurity regulation dedicated to the European Institutions, Bodies and Agencies (EUIBAs) and to the European Commission proposal for a Cyber Resilience Act.

The visit also offered ENISA the opportunity to provide comprehensive overview presentations on:

  • awareness-raising activities to promote digital cybersecurity and cyber hygiene, including the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), due to be launched this October;
  • capacity building activities focusing on ENISA’s cyber skills and training and exercises programmes. In June, the Cyber Europe exercise tested the preparedness of Member States to respond to large-scale cybersecurity incidents and deal with EU-wide cyber crisis in the EU’s healthcare sector. Besides ENISA is now preparing for the next European Cybersecurity Challenge (ECSC) for young teams across the EU to compete on cyber challenges.

The cybersecurity challenges specifically faced by SMEs and ENISA’s work to support the different sectors of the economy under the NIS Directive was also part of the agenda.

About the ITRE committee

The ITRE committee of the European Parliament legislates on several of the most important policy areas of the European Union, being responsible for industrial policy, EU research and innovation policy, space policy, energy policy and the application of new technologies. As such, it makes sure EU legislation protects both EU citizens and the strategic sectors of the EU economy. ITRE therefore leads the European Parliament’s work on many of the legislative proposals dealing with cybersecurity – such as the original 2016 NIS Directive and the EU’s 2019 Cybersecurity Act among others.

Further information

Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee of the European Parliament

NIS Directive – ENISA topic

Securing EU Institutions, Bodies and Agencies – ENISA news item

The European Cybersecurity Month

Save the date on ENISA’s upcoming events:

The European Cybersecurity Challenge 2022 – Vienna, Austria, September 12 to 17, 2022

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