Cyberspace: EU and Ukraine launch dialogue on cyber security
June 8, 2021

Cyberspace: EU and Ukraine launch dialogue on cyber security

On 3 June, the European Union and Ukraine held their first cyber dialogue to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience and to improve its legislation in the field.

The dialogue was co-chaired on the EU side by Joanneke Balfoort, the Director of Security and Defence Policy at the European External Action Service, and Jakub Boratynski, the Deputy to the Director and Head of Unit for cybersecurity and digital privacy policy in the European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, and by Maryna Mykhailenko, Director-General for the EU and NATO at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The EU and Ukraine provided updates on their respective cyber-related institutional settings, responsibilities as well as policy and legislative developments, including the update of the EU Network Information Security (NIS) Directive and the efforts by Ukraine to develop its cybersecurity-related policies and legislation, in alignment with the EU legal and institutional framework.

Ukraine presented its work towards the implementation of the Budapest Convention that serves as a solid basis for national legislation and international cooperation in fighting cybercrime. The draft legislative acts amending the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and the Code on Administrative Offences have been approved by the Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament and are awaiting consideration.

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