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Visit of EC VP Ansip at the EU cybersecurity Agency in Greece

May 2017 by ENISA

European Commission Vice-President Ansip visited the EU Agency for cybersecurity at its premises in Athens today 11th May 2017, for a discussion on its activities and future role in the EU cyber security landscape.

The programme during VP Andrus Ansip’s visit included:

Meeting with ENISA’s Executive Director Udo Helmbrecht and staff, for an exchange of views on the evolving cybersecurity landscape within the European and international context

An exchange of views of the upcoming review of the EU Cyber Security Strategy (CSS) and the review of the Agency mandate and the challenges and opportunities

A presentation on the Agency’s contribution to date in capacity building, policy development and implementation, and expertise, through key projects – such as the cyber exercises, the NIS Directive, the GDPR, EIDAS - and its proposal for the next day.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: “We see an increase in cybercrime; and the use of small devices and targeted attacks affecting businesses and infrastructures. European industry, governments and citizens should have access to competitive secure and trustworthy products and services. We have presented yesterday the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market where cybersecurity is a key priority. The Commission will review the EU cybersecurity strategy and propose a new ENISA mandate in 2017. As part of this approach, the Commission is also working on cyber security certification and labelling to make the EU digital environment safer.”

ENISA’s Executive Director Udo Helmbrecht said: “The cyber landscape has changed fundamentally. EU integration has accelerated and our future economic success is built on the concept of an increasingly integrated market that includes digital, finance, energy, transport. There is now a greater risk that cyber incidents will have an impact in more than one Member State. Today, more than ever there is a place for a European body such ENISA to be positioned with a cyber security mandate that is resourced to address the cyber challenges of today and tomorrow, and which facilitates and compliments the activities of Member States towards harmonisation while supporting cost-efficiently the digital single market.”

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