Event: High-Level Conference on ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’ (Brussels, 15 – 16 October 2018)

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Proposal on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters

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Press Release: ENISA launches the Cybersecurity Strategies Evaluation Tool

The tool will help Member States evaluate their priorities according to their National Cyber Security Strategies. For each strategic objective, the tool offers recommendations and ideas on how to improve. ENISA developed the tool with the aim to provide results in a quick, easy and user-friendly manner.

Event: European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) 2018 (London, 15 – 17 October 2018)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (19 and 21 September 2018)

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Proposal for a Regulation: Proposal to create a cybersecurity competence network with a European Cybersecurity Research and Competence Centre

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Press Release: Cybersecurity, an integral part of SOTEU 2018

The Commission has placed cybersecurity high on the agenda in its proposals for the next long-term EU budget for the years 2021-2027, to guarantee adequate funding for this key priority. This year to complement previous European efforts on cybersecurity a proposal has been put forward to help the EU to pool resources and expertise in research and innovation, and to become a leader in the next generation of cybersecurity and digital technologies.

Study: Countering hybrid threats: EU and the Western Balkans case

The aim of the workshop, held on 26 February 2018, was to assess and discuss the EU’s approach to hybrid threats in its neighbourhood using the Western Balkans as a case study, in the context of the extensive use of propaganda by Russia and its meddling into several elections and in the aftermath of the 2014 events in Ukraine and the Russian annexation of Crimea. The first speaker, Jean-Jacques Patry, presented the concept of hybrid threat at various levels and the EU approach and measures to tackle it, particularly in the Western Balkans. The second speaker, Nicolas Mazzucchi, delivered a presentation on Russia’s declining influence in the Western Balkans (on behalf of Isabelle Facon, who authored the briefing but could not attend the workshop) and added some of his own analysis on energy and cyber issues. The presentations were followed by a debate with members of the Security and Defence Committee of the European Parliament.

Press Release: Germany and Sweden take action against cyber fraud gang

With the support of Europol and Frontex, two suspects were arrested on 12 September in a series of coordinated raids across Germany and Sweden in an investigation targeting a Syrian organised crime group suspected of cyber fraud. House searches were carried out in Aachen, Dortmund and Essen (Germany), and in Nörrköping, Malmö and Helsingborg (Sweden), where police recovered some EUR 54 000 and USD 55 000. The arrestees are believed to be the key organisers of a cyber fraud gang.

‘I’ Item Note: EU Lines to take on a draft resolution on “Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security”

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‘I’ Item Note: EU Lines to take on cybercrime developments in the framework of the UN

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (17 September 2018)

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a single digital gateway to provide access to information, to procedures and to assistance and problem-solving services

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Agenda: Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters COPEN (E-evidence) (24 – 25 September 2018)

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Briefing: ‘Fake news’ [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Attempts at influencing or distorting elections in the United States and other countries, including some European Union Member States, have drawn attention to what is commonly referred to as ‘fake news’, or false news posing as factual stories. Although the phenomenon of generating misleading news stories is at least as old as the printing press, the growth of social media has led to a very significant proliferation of this phenomenon. Some outlets use deceitful headlines and content to boost readership, in a search for higher advertising revenue. Other sources, often sponsored by certain state actors, are accused of spreading ‘fake news’ for entirely political ends. In March 2018, the European Commission published the Final Report of the High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation, which proposes ways to combat the phenomenon. In April a Commission communication followed, entitled ‘Tackling online disinformation: a European Approach.’

Amendments: EP CULT Committee on establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027

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Informal meeting of heads of state or government (19-20 September 2018)

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Press Release: ENISA welcomes the European Commission proposal to create a network of Cybersecurity Competence Centres

ENISA welcomes the proposals by the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union address on the 12th September 2018 to increase investment in cybersecurity in Europe.

Amendments: EP JURI Committee on Autonomous driving in European Transport

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Amendments: EP ITRE Committee on establishing the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme

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Amendments: EP ITRE Committee on education in the digital era: challenges, opportunities and lessons for EU policy design

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