Recommendation (EU) 2021/1086 on building a Joint Cyber Unit

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Publication Date 05/07/2021
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Recommendation (EU) 2021/1086 - adopted by the European Commission on 23 June 2021 - laying out the vision to establish a new Joint Cyber Unit.

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The purpose of this Recommendation is to identify the actions necessary to coordinate efforts in the European Union (EU) to prevent, detect, discourage, deter, mitigate and respond to large-scale cyber incidents and crises through a Joint Cyber Unit. It also defines the process, milestones and timeline that Member States and relevant EU institutions, bodies and agencies should pursue in relation to the creation and development of that platform.

This vision entails that, in cases of large-scale cybersecurity incidents and crises, stakeholders coordinate their efforts through this Unit which enables mutual assistance through expertise from Member State authorities and relevant EU institutions, bodies and agencies. The Joint Cyber Unit should also allow participants to engage in cooperation with the private sector.

The establishment of this Unit was first announced in the political guidelines set out by the President of the European Commission. It is a deliverable of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy and the EU Security Union Strategy. The Recommendation was published on 23 June 2021 as part of a wider package of documents relating to cyber-security and the Security Union. It was published in the Official Journal on 5 July 2021.

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Politico, 21/06/2021: EU to launch rapid response cybersecurity team
Reuters, 23/06/2021: Commission plans EU cyber unit to tackle online crime
E&T Magazine, 23/06/2021: EU announces Joint Cyber Unit to tackle escalating online crime
Balkan Insight, 23/06/2021: EU sets up Joint Cyber Unit to tackle steep rise in cyber-attacks
BBC News, 23/06/2021: EU wants emergency team for 'nightmare' cyber-attacks
EurActiv, 23/06/2021: Commission proposes ‘operational arm’ of European Cyber Shield
EUObserver, 24/06/2021: EU creates new cyber unit, after wave of online attacks

European Commission: Press Release, 23/06/2021: EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
European Commission: Remarks by Vice-President Schinas at the press conference on the Recommendation on building a Joint Cyber Unit (23 June 2021)

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