EC consultation on critical transport infrastructures directive

DG HOME has launched a consultation on the 2008 European Critical Infrastructure Protection Directive addressing transport and energy infrastructures. The consultation is open until 11 February 2019.

The European Critical Infrastructure Protection Directive (2008/114/EC) of 8 December 2008 established a procedure for identifying, designating and protecting European Critical Infrastructures (ECI) in the energy and transport sectors. It requires that Member States identify infrastructures, which, if subjected to disruption or destruction, would have a significant impact on at least two Member States.

In 2012, a review of the ECI Directive was carried out. It identified a number of deficiencies, including a limited and in many respects uneven application of the Directive on the part of the Member States and a narrow sectoral scope that was not aligned with the systems approach to critical infrastructure protection used in many Member States. Building on the outcomes of the 2012 review and in light of the conclusions of the 2017 Comprehensive Assessment of EU Security Policy, the Commission recently launched an evaluation of the Directive, which is now ten years old. The evaluation takes account of the heightened threat from terrorism generally, the emergence of new threats in ways that threaten critical infrastructure, and ongoing efforts in response to possible hybrid activities orchestrated by state and non-state actors. With this public consultation, the Commission seeks to gather the views and concerns of all interested citizens and non-governmental/public/private organizations/entities on the ECI Directive. In doing so, the Commission reports it will be able to gauge the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the Directive in supporting the Member States working to protect critical energy and transport infrastructure throughout Europe.

The consultation is open from 19 November 2018 to 11 February 2019 at https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-1378074/public-consultation_en

 

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