This study attempts to identify and assess policy options for the EU to achieve cyber-resilience, and to develop capabilities, and industrial and technological resources for a trustworthy EU cyberspace, with a view also to promoting core values, such as online privacy protection. The findings could form the basis for an assessment of alternative measures to improve the resilience of the European ICT industry and the EU’s strategic decision-making capacity, and enhance the resilience of critical information technology networks. The study further reviews the current state of reciprocity between search engine services and individual customers. The ultimate aim of this study is to develop concrete policy options to be considered by EU institutions and Member States – and potentially to be used as background by EP committees for their legislative and own-initiative reports.
On 14 December, the European Crime Prevention Network awarded Europe’s best crime prevention project. This year’s competition focused on cybersecurity and it marked the 20th year of giving out this award. Out of the 18 countries that took part in the competition, the main prize went to Estonia, which was represented by a cyber defence study project at Põltsamaa Coeducational Gymnasium.
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.
Digital media is becoming increasingly more important and is progressively replacing traditional news sources. But this raises numerous challenges as to how to tackle fake news and misinformation. Liberals and Democrats have today put forward proposals to act on these challenges. They call on platforms to provide more transparency and independent oversight of efforts to counter the proliferation of fake news on their platforms in order to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Furthermore, they demand a better and balanced regulation to limit the scope, use and the life-time of personal data online without unnecessarily hindering businesses.
Update: A background brief has been published.
The European Council will welcome the launch of Permanent Structured Cooperation, review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation and adopt conclusions on social as well as on education and culture following up to the Gothenburg Social Summit.
The Commission’s proposal on industrial policy is a step in the right direction, but the EU needs a long term, comprehensive strategy: this is one of the conclusions of the debate at the Employers’ Group meeting on 6 December 2017. The aim of the debate was to contribute to two opinions on industrial policy that the EESC is currently working on.