Minister Delegate for European Affairs was invited to give the Council’s point of view in the European Parliament plenary debate on “Security threats connected with the Chinese rising technological presence in the EU and possible action on the EU level to reduce them”.
Minister Ciamba pointed out that cybersecurity had become a topmost political priority as well as a constant topic on the European agenda in the last few years and that it was given special attention by all the EU institutions. The Romanian Council Presidency makes every effort to facilitate the adoption of the measures that are underway, with the purpose of increasing the Union’s resilience to the rising cyberthreat phenomena.
George Ciamba reassured the European Parliament that the Council held technological developments and security as important topics. “Cybersecurity is indeed one of the main challenges that we are faced with, as cyberattacks can cause severe economic distress and breach the citizens’ private lives and their fundamental rights”, the Romanian official emphasised.
The Minister Delegate also referred to the ambitious cybersecurity package launched by the Commission in September 2017, which was followed by a set of Council Conclusions and an action plan for their implementation. In his speech, George Ciamba underlined that it was necessary to act towards building the EU’s capacity to prevent, deter and respond to cyberattacks.
The Romanian official, in his capacity as representative of the Council Presidency, reassured the European Parliament that response instruments were being strengthened in order to counter potential threats to the Union’s security or essential interests that might stem from specific investments.
George Ciamba also approached the fight against disinformation. He reiterated that the topic was included in the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and emphasised that countering that phenomenon required closer cooperation between the Member States, the EU institutions and civil society.