A Wild Wild Web? Law, norms, crime and politics in cyberspace / The EU Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox: towards a cyber sanctions regime?

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Series Details No.23, July 2017
Publication Date 12/07/2017
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Following the Council Conclusions on Cyber Diplomacy adopted in February 2015, the decision by the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs in June 2017 to endorse the development of a framework for a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities – the so-called Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox (CDT) – represented another step in strengthening the EU’s position as a ‘forward-looking cyber player’.

The Union’s recognition for the need for a common and comprehensive response signalled that it now intended to make a better use of existing diplomatic tools in defence of its interests and values.

See also the separate EUISS Brief, No.24, July 2017 The EU Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox: towards a cyber sanctions regime?.

Faced with a rapidly evolving threat environment and a stalemate in the global discussion about norms of responsible state behaviour and international law in cyberspace, in June 2017, the EU ministers of foreign affairs decided to endorse the development of a framework for a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities – the so-called Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox (CDT).

The primary intention behind the CDT – which includes, among a panoply of instruments, the imposition of sanctions – is to develop signalling and reactive capacities at an EU and member state level with the aim to influence the behaviour of potential aggressors, taking into account the necessity and proportionality of the response. The remaining challenge, however, is to translate these provisions into an effective foreign policy.

Source Link http://publications.europa.eu/s/c843
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EUISS: EUISS Brief, No.24, July 2017: The EU Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox: towards a cyber sanctions regime? http://publications.europa.eu/s/c844

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