The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomes today’s interinstitutional agreement on measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union (NIS2 Directive), which aims to provide a high common level of cybersecurity in the EU by modernising and increasing the ambition of NIS1, given the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape, and the increased digitalisation of the internal market in recent years.
One of our political Group´s priorities was to expand the scope, by adding new sectors and all-important public and private entities, as well as increasing the level of information sharing between relevant actors, a framework of security requirements, supervision and enforcement based on a risk-based and proportionality approach, including harmonised sanctions across the EU.
Likewise, Renew Europe advocated for a more active role for Member States and European authorities to report cybercrime. The rapporteur, Renew Europe MEP Bart Groothuis, also addressed concerns regarding administrative burdens for companies and proposed ways to aid SMEs in increasing their cyber resilience.
The final agreement is a significant step forward to allow all the stakeholders concerned to handle potential cyber threats quickly and efficiently, making EU more secure and resilient.
MEP Bart Groothuis (VVD, Netherlands), Renew Europe Group’s rapporteur on NIS2 Directive, declared:
“The NIS2 is the best cyber security legislation this continent has yet seen, because it will transform Europe to handling cyber incidents pro-actively and service orientated. This European directive is going to help more than a hundred thousand vital entities to tighten their grip on security and make Europe a safe place to live and work”.