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Security of 5G networks: EU Member States complete national risk assessments | EU Commission Press

Following the Commission Recommendation for a common European approach to the security of 5G networks, 24 EU Member States have now completed the first step and submitted national risk assessments. These assessments will feed into the next phase, a EU-wide risk assessment which will be completed by 1 October. Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King, and Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, welcomed this important step forward and said: 

“We are pleased to see that most Member States have now submitted their risk assessments. Following the support expressed by the European Council on 22 March for a concerted approach, Member States responded promptly to our call for concrete measures to help ensure the cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. The national risk assessments are essential to make sure that Member States are adequately prepared for the deployment of the next generation of wireless connectivity that will soon form the backbone of our societies and economies.

We urge Member States to remain committed to the concerted approach and to use this important step to gain momentum for a swift and secure rollout of 5G networks. Close EU-wide cooperation is essential both for achieving strong cybersecurity and for reaping the full benefits, which 5G will have to offer for people and businesses.

The completion of the risk assessments underlines the commitment of Member States not only to set high standards for security but also to make full use of this groundbreaking technology. We hope that the outcomes will be taken into account in the process of 5G spectrum auctions and network deployment, which is taking place across the EU now and in the coming months. Several Member States have already taken steps to reinforce applicable security requirements while others are considering introducing new measures in the near future.

We need all key players, big and small, to accelerate their efforts and join us in building a common framework aimed at ensuring consistently high levels of security. We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with Member States as we begin the work on an EU-wide risk assessment, due to be complete by 1 October, that will help to develop a European approach to protecting the integrity of 5G.”

National risk assessments include an overview of:

·    the main threats and actors affecting 5G networks;

·    the degree of sensitivity of 5G network components and functions as well as other assets; and

·    various types of vulnerabilities, including both technical ones and other types of vulnerabilities, such as those potentially arising from the 5G supply chain.

In addition, the work on national risk assessments involved a range of responsible actors in the Member States, including cybersecurity and telecommunication authorities and security and intelligence services, strengthening their cooperation and coordination.

Next Steps

Based on the information received, Member States, together with the Commission and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), will prepare a coordinated EU-wide risk assessment by 1 October 2019. In parallel, ENISA is analysing the 5G threat landscape as an additional input. 

By 31 December 2019, the NIS Cooperation Group that leads the cooperation efforts together with the Commission will develop and agree on a toolbox of mitigating measures to address the risks identified in the risk assessments at Member State and EU level.

Following the recent entry into force of the Cybersecurity Act at the end of June, the Commission and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity will set up an EU-wide certification framework. Member States are encouraged to cooperate with the Commission and the EU Agency for Cybersecurity to prioritise a certification scheme covering 5G networks and equipment.

By 1 October 2020, Member States should assess in cooperation with the Commission, the effects of measures taken to determine whether there is a need for further action. This assessment should take into account the coordinated European risk assessment.

Background

Fifth generation (5G) networks will form essential digital infrastructure in the future, connecting billions of objects and systems, including in critical sectors such as energy, transport, banking, and health, as well as industrial control systems carrying sensitive information and supporting safety systems.

The European Commission recommended on 26 March 2019 a set of concrete actions to assess cybersecurity risks of 5G networks and to strengthen preventive measures, following the support from Heads of State or Government for a concerted approach to the security of 5G networks.

The Commission called on Member States to complete national risk assessments and review national measures as well as to work together at EU level on a coordinated risk assessment and a common toolbox of mitigating measures.

For More Information

Press release: European Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks

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Capital Markets Union: New rules giving companies easier access to capital markets come into application | EU Commission Press

Companies in the EU that need to raise money on capital markets will find it easier to grow and invest, thanks to new rules that come into application on Sunday and that mark a step forward for the Capital Markets Union (CMU). The new EU prospectus rules exempt different types of issuers, such as SMEs and non-equity issuers, from the burden of producing lengthy and expensive prospectuses while ensuring that investors have all the information they need. These prospectuses are needed when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market, but they have been onerous to produce in terms of cost and time for companies, especially smaller ones. These new rules will harmonise the scrutiny criteria for the prospectuses and procedures for approving prospectuses. They also create a new category of prospectuses for SMEs so that they can more easily get the funds they need to innovate, grow and create jobs. This step represents another significant milestone for the implementation of the CMU, which aims to give investors the tools to make better and more informed decisions to invest across the EU. Ultimately, the Prospectus Regulation aims to create a single rulebook that ensures consistent implementation across the EU. Applicable as from 21 July 2019, it replaces and repeals the Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC). Its delegated acts will further specify the details of the new prospectus rules.

Competition: Commission welcomes G7 Common Understanding on digital economy challenges for competition analysis | EU Commission Press

The European Commission welcomes the common understanding reached with the competition authorities of the G7 countries regarding the challenges raised by the digital economy for competition analysis. The document was presented at the meeting of G7 Finance Ministers which was held on 17 and 18 July in Chantilly, France. The common understanding highlights the role of competition enforcement to keep digital markets competitive to the benefit of consumers and market players. Competition law is considered fit for that purpose, though competition authorities agreed that they continuously need to deepen their knowledge of the impact of new digital business models on competition. The competition authorities also asked governments to ensure that laws and regulations are not hindering competition in digital markets. Finally, they agreed to promote international cooperation and convergence in the application of competition laws. The document is the outcome of a dialogue carried out under the French Presidency of the G7.

European Parliament maintains its support to the Romanian candidate for European Chief Prosecutor | EU Parliament Press

At the request of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, President David Sassoli will send in the next hours a letter to the Council recalling the Parliament’s full support to Laura Codruţa Kövesi as European Chief Prosecutor.

President Sassoli said, “Ahead of the informal meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Helsinki, the Parliament wishes to renew its commitment to Laura Codruţa Kövesi as the European Parliament’s candidate for European Chief Prosecutor. It is key that the investigation and prosecution of alleged crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or cross-border VAT fraud be ensured as quickly as possible . “

According to Article 14 of the Regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, “The European Parliament and the Council shall appoint by common accord the European Chief Prosecutor for a non-renewable term of 7 years. The Council shall act by simple majority”. The appointment of the European Chief Prosecutor is a co-decision of the EP and the Council.

In the previous term, the Civil Liberties Committee and the Budget Control Committee heard the three candidates shortlisted by a selection panel: Jean-François Bohnert from France, Laura Codruţa Kövesi from Romania and Andres Ritter from Germany. After this, both committees selected Laura Codruţa Kövesi as their choice.

Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Canada summit in Montreal | EU Council Press

It is a true pleasure to be in Montreal, the most European of Canadian cities. I really feel at home here. For many reasons. Also because in Montreal, I didn’t hear anyone shouting: “send him back”.

In the unstable global setting we live in, it is reassuring that the friendship between the EU and Canada is as stable as ever. For the European Union, Canada is a strong ally and a very good friend. Canada shares our vision of the world, our values and our objectives. We are both passionate believers in democracy, rule of law, human rights, solidarity among people and nations, as well as rules-based international order. This is why we will continue our fight for those principles. And to all those who wishfully declared that the West was dead and liberal democracy obsolete, we have a clear answer: you are wrong. We will never give up on our values.

The same vision of the world means that we are committed to making the world safer in every aspect. To this end, during this EU-Canada summit we discussed climate crisis, preserving clean oceans, empowering women and managing local conflicts. We also agreed to deepen our bilateral relationship, and strengthen economic links. Three years ago we agreed on CETA. Justin will remember that the birth of CETA was not easy, especially on our side. At the time, some tried to scare our citizens that CETA was dangerous. But today it is clear that CETA has brought many benefits to people on both sides of the Atlantic. Trade is up, and the calamities predicted by some doomsayers have not materialised. This proves that by acting together we can overcome challenges, and that the winners are the people of Canada and the Europe. We will work further to ensure that more businesses and people profit from CETA.

To conclude, let me again thank you Prime Minister for this very good summit and for standing side-by-side for things that matter in this world. And also for your focus on people, on Canadians and especially your model to support the middle class. It’s a model for the world. Dear Justin, it is great to have you as a partner, and as a friend. In fact, I believe that you are Europe’s best friend. Thank you.

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EU-Canada Summit joint declaration, Montreal 17-18 July 2019 | EU Council Press

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, met in Montreal on 17-18 July 2019 for the 17th Canada-European Union Summit. They issued the following statement:

  1. The partnership between Canada and the European Union (EU) is deep and lasting, with its roots in shared values, a long history of close cooperation, and strong people-to-people ties.
  2. The Canada-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) reflect our shared commitment to addressing global challenges in a manner that benefits our citizens, upholds our values, and strengthens the rules-based international order. 
  3. We will further deepen our cooperation to deliver economic growth that benefits everyone, combat climate change and protect the environment, advance international peace and security, promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and foster innovation.

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Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established | EU Parliament Press

Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations.

MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President and political group leaders) was approved by a show of hands. Appointments were announced at 19.00.

You can see the list of the 44 delegations – the same number as in the previous legislative term – and their members by clicking here.

Background

Interparliamentary delegations maintain relations and exchange information with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations to promote the EU’s core values: liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

Once MEPs approve the nature and numerical strength of interparliamentary delegations, the political groups and the non-attached Members appoint delegation members based on internal decisions. The composition of these delegations needs to ensure that member states, political views and genders are fairly represented.

Next steps

Delegation chairs and vice-chairs will be elected at the delegations’ constitutive meetings, which are expected to take place in September 2019.

New Joint Research Centre report on factors driving political decision-making | EU Commission Press

Today the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has published a new report based on insight from the behavioural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, which looks at pressing political issues, such as the persistence of disinformation, and how emotions, values, identity and reason affect political decision-making. The aim of the report is to better understand the underlying behavioural and social processes behind policy-making, with the aim of using the findings to improve political decision-making by policymakers – civil servants and politicians – as well as citizens. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, said: “Simply making more information available to citizens or decision makers is not enough to guarantee more informed or better decision-making. If we want political decision-making to bring about positive social change, we need to better understand how emotions, values, identity and reason affect how we think, talk and take decisions on political issues.” The report is being presented during a launch event in Brussels today. More information is available online

Finnish Council Presidency priorities debated in plenary | EU Parliament Press

MEPs discussed the priorities of the incoming Finnish presidency with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

In his speech, Prime Minister Antti Rinne outlined that climate leadership, common values and the rule of law, competitiveness and social inclusion, and comprehensive security will be the focus of the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU during the next six months.

He highlighted that the slogan, “Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future”, captures the goal of the presidency to contribute to a “socially, economically and ecologically sustainable” future for the EU.

Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said that the Commission was in total harmony with the Finnish presidency’s priorities. Katainen specifically mentioned the ambitious climate targets and added, “When it comes to the environment, you are leading by example”.

MEPs also welcomed the priorities of the Finnish presidency, specifically their intention to reinforce the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action and the ambition to strengthen rule of law. They also called on the presidency to prioritise finding a balanced solution on the EU’s long-term budget. Migration, common agricultural policy and transparency issues were also mentioned as topics where joint work is needed.

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President | EU Parliament Press

With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July.

She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. There were 733 votes cast, one of which was not valid. 383 members voted in favour, 327 against, and 22 abstained.

Parliament currently comprises 747 MEPs as per the official notifications received by member state authorities, so the threshold needed to be elected was 374 votes, i.e. more than 50% of its component members. President Sassoli formally announced the requisite number before the results were revealed in plenary. The vote was held by secret paper ballot.

EP President David Sassoli said:

“On behalf of Parliament, I congratulate you on your election as President of the European Commission.

Now begins a very important phase for the European institutions; we will have to prepare for the hearings of the Commissioners-designate, which, as you know, will be very thorough on the part of the members of this Parliament.

We expect that the issues you spoke about today in front of the plenary chamber will also be examined in depth and followed up by the members of your college during the hearings in the competent Parliament committees.

The next few years will be very important for the future of the European Union and we can only tackle them successfully if there is close and full cooperation between the institutions.”

Next steps

The Commission President-elect will now send official letters to the member states’ heads of state or government inviting them to propose their candidates for members of the Commission. Hearings of the nominees in Parliament’s competent committees are scheduled to take place from 30 September to 8 October. The full college of Commissioners then needs to be elected by Parliament, most likely in its 21-24 October session. More information here.

Procedure: Election of Commission president