Critical infrastructure and the 5G toolbox in focus at regional meeting for Eastern partners

  • Date: 01/03/21
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More than 70 participants came together at a TAIEX Regional event for the Eastern partner countries on 25-26 February to address issues related to critical digital infrastructure, as well as measures for the security of 5G networks. 

Members of the EU4Digital Trust and Security and Telecom Rules (EaPeReg) networks, together with representatives of the public organisations that deal with the issues covered, had the opportunity to learn about the European Commission’s proposal on the Critical Entities Resilience (CER) Directive and the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS2), and to discuss with experts from EU member states practical aspects related to the implementation of the EU framework into national legislation.

Throughout the event, several mechanisms and solutions on how to better respond to attacks on critical infrastructure and incidents were presented, with an emphasis on the need to ensure a secure and sufficient infrastructure rollout. Related to this, the implementation of the 5G toolbox and regulatory measures implemented by EU member states for the 5G Auction were comprehensively explained.  

At the end of the two days of discussions, participants concluded that the regional exchange of information among the countries of both regions (EU and EaP), alongside the technical assistance provided under the EU4Digital facility, are key elements for the successful implementation of measures aimed at ensuring digital transformation in the Eastern partner countries. The next similar event will be organised on 4-5 March 2021 and will address the Universal Service under the new European framework and other mechanisms aimed at ensuring the connectivity targets and digital inclusion for all.