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Reaction to Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions

Press Release

The Council of the European Union today decided that EU sanctions could be imposed on those who carry out cyber attacks against Member States. In addition, the possibility of sending a EU mission to Iraq was discussed. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) responds:

Cyber attacks The Member States agreed to levy economic sanctions after a cyber attack. Schaake: "Cyber attacks are becoming an increasingly important part of international conflicts. At present, the European Union is often effectively doing nothing when a Member State is hit by such an attack. This decision is a step in the right direction to create a joint EU-response and to ensure peace and the rule of law online. "

EU mission to Iraq Sending an EU mission to advise and train the Iraqi security sector is a step in the right direction. However, the EU's involvement should not end there. Schaake: "In the efforts to drive out Islamic State (IS) out of Iraq there is hardly any follow-up plan, which is essential to prevent new radical groups from taking over after the chaos that IS eventually leaves behind. The European Union must therefore be prepared to contribute financially to the reconstruction of Iraq and use this support to work with the authorities towards an inclusive government guaranteeing the fundamental rights of all citizens. "

Schaake works with the Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace to make proposals to improve the security and stability of the Internet.