MEP calls for appointment EU cyber envoy

Press release

Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution that called for more European cooperation on cyberdefence.

Need for an EU cyber envoy

MEP Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) welcomes the resolution but argues that more is needed: “The EU needs to take the technological revolution much more seriously in its foreign policy. We need an EU cyber envoy  who should coordinate the EU’s diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet in our economic, trade and security policies with third countries. Currently, cybersecurity and the promotion of norms for responsible state behaviour online are still being treated as an afterthought. That needs to change.”

Beef up cyber forensics capabilities to deter attacks

The report includes Schaake’s call on Members States to increase their expertise in cyber forensics, in order to improve the attribution of cyber attacks.

Schaake: “One year after the NotPetya attack the Council remains silent on who is responsible for this attack. Without attaching consequences, future attacks won’t be deterred. We can’t remain forever dependent on intelligence from FiveEyes members to know who is responsible. We need to be able to independently verify what happens when our infrastructure is attacked.”

In February Schaake asked a written question on the attribution of the NotPetya attack to the Council, which still remains unanswered.

Endorsing norms by the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Schaake is happy that the European Parliament endorses the work of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, of which she is a member.

Schaake: “The European Parliament follows the Global Commission in calling on states to not conduct any activities that damages the general availability or integrity of the public core of the internet. This norm suggests, for example, that governments should not introduce national legislation that effectively disrupts the functioning of the organizations responsible for crucial naming and forwarding functions.”

The Public Core concept was first suggested in a 2015 study by the Netherlands Scientific Council for Public Policy, which Schaake has endorsed ever since.

See the plenary speech by Ms. Schaake on the same topic here.