MEPs back plans on cyber solidarity and managed security services

The “Cyber Solidarity Act” aims to build a more resilient, collective EU response against cyber-threats.

The legislation adopted on Wednesday, already informally agreed upon with the Council, will bolster the European Union’s ability to detect, prepare for, and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents. The proposal’s key objectives include strengthening EU-wide detection and situational awareness of cyber threats, enhancing preparedness and response capabilities for significant cybersecurity incidents, and fostering European technological sovereignty in cybersecurity.

Lead MEP on cyber solidarity Lina Gálvez Muñoz (S&D, ES) said: «This vote on the Cybersolidarity Act is a victory for our democracies in an increasingly digitised world. This regulation will protect our institutions and critical infrastructure by strengthening our capabilities to detect, prepare and respond to cyber threats and cyber attacks through cooperation between Member States.»

«We are creating a cooperative tool to defend our citizenship, our democracies and our infrastructures. We have worked tirelessly in Parliament to ensure that this regulation aims at the coordinated development of cybersecurity capabilities and helps to close cybersecurity skills gaps» she added.

The Cyber Solidarity Act was adopted with 470 votes to 23, with 86 abstentions, while the legislation on managed security services was adopted with 530 votes to 5, with 53 abstentions. Both will now need the formal approval by Council in order to become law.

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