The Network and Information Security Directive was agreed by the European Council and the Parliament on 7 December 2015, and the agreed final compromise text was approved by the Member States on 18 December 2015.
This update on the Directive follows on from an earlier article, which identified the Directive as the European Union’s first comprehensive attempt to establish a set of minimum cybersecurity standards that would apply across the Union.
Speaking after the agreement on 7 December 2015, the European Commission’s Vice President Andrus Ansip remarked “The Internet knows no border – a problem in one country can have a knock-on effect in the rest of Europe. This is why we need EU-wide cybersecurity solutions. This agreement is an important step in this direction.”