Member states’ ambassadors today approved new rules to improve cross-border parcel delivery services by making tariffs more transparent and giving regulators more powers to monitor the market. The presidency reached a provisional agreement on the draft regulation with the European Parliament on 13 December.
This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, which is the main part of the ‘Cybersecurity package’, submitted on 13 September 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). As announced in the State of the Union Address 2017 and the Commission’s communication on Europe’s Cyber Resilience System and Cybersecurity Industry, the initiative aims to reform the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA or ‘Agency’) in order to enhance its supporting functions for Member States in achieving cybersecurity resilience and to acknowledge the Agency’s responsibilities under the new directive on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive). In addition, the proposal establishes a voluntary European cybersecurity certification framework to promote such certification schemes for specific information and communication technology (ICT) products and services, and to allow for mutual recognition of certificates so as to avoid further market fragmentation.
Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.
Update: The draft minutes are now available.
The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway. Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.
Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.