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EU: Council of the EU adopts conclusions on exploring the potential of a joint cyber unit

The Council of the EU ('the Council') announced on 19 October 2021, that it had adopted conclusions inviting the EU and member states to further develop the EU cybersecurity crisis management framework, including by exploring the potential of a joint cyber unit. In particular, the Council emphasised the need to consolidate existing networks and to establish a mapping of possible information sharing gaps and needs within and across cyber communities. In addition, the Council stated that this should subsequently lead to an agreement on possible primary objectives and priorities of a potential joint cyber unit and that it is an incremental, transparent and inclusive process which is essential to enhance trust.

Furthermore, the Council stated that it has an instrumental role in the policy-making and coordination function regarding the further development of the EU cybersecurity crisis management framework and will monitor the progress and provide guidance for complementing this framework. Moreover, the Council called for further reflection on individual elements of the recommendation on the joint cyber unit, including regarding the ideas of EU cybersecurity rapid reaction teams and an EU cybersecurity incident and crisis response plan.

You can read the press release here.