The EU and NATO create a working group to protect critical infrastructure

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  • The objective is to mitigate possible vulnerabilities in four areas: transport, energy, digital and space

  • The European Commission and the Atlantic Alliance call to continue supporting Ukraine militarily and spending “more and better”

The EU and NATO create a working group to protect critical infrastructures

The sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, in September last year, or the sophisticated cyberattackThe attack against the website of the European Parliament, after the vote on a resolution on Russia, revealed the fragility and vulnerability of European critical infrastructures. A growing risk that both NATO and the European Union consider it a priority to address and to do so will put their efforts into action. A joint team of experts was launched with the aim of working “side by side” to identify the main threats to critical infrastructures, examine strategic vulnerabilities, improve resistance and propose palliative and corrective measures. 

“We have to be prepared and face this type of threat”, said the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, minutes before chairing this Wednesday the first work seminar of the year for the College of Commissioners, in which the guest has participated for the first time.Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg. The new EU-NATO task force on Resilient Critical Infrastructures will put As explained by the German company, the focus will be on four sectors: transport, energy, the digital sector and space

Third joint declaration

The announcement comes 24 hours after the signing of the third EU-NATO joint declaration with which they aspire to strengthen their cooperation and which recognizes the allied organization as the < strong>cornerstone of the European defense. “We want to study together how to make our critical infrastructure, our technology and our supply chains more resilient to potential threats, and take steps to mitigate potential vulnerabilities,” explained Stoltenberg during a brief intervention. The idea is to share information and experience, as well as How to take advantage of best practices and early warning of possible threats.

“We know that our adversaries and competitors use all possible tools to challenge us and undermine our security. They are afraid of our openness, of our transparency, of our democracies. So they will try to exploit these values ​​to the fullest, our openness , and of course they will try to exploit our interdependencies. That is why it is so important that we stick together and strengthen our resilience in general”, justified Von der Leyen before the meeting of the college of commissioners that will do the job. Take stock of the situation in Ukraine, the consequences for European security and the challenges for European policies. 

Stoltenberg agrees with the diagnosis of the former German Defense Minister and current president of the Community Executive. “Resilience and the protection of critical infrastructure are a key part of our joint efforts, as we have seen with the use of President PutinThe use of energy as a weapon of war and the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines”, he said, stressing the need to address issues such as emerging and disruptive technologies, space and the impact of climate change. in security given the growing geopolitical competition.

Spend more and better

Both politicians have also reiterated their commitment to continue supporting financial and militarily to Ukraine because they consider it vital.”Therefore, I welcome the recent announcements by the United States, France and GermanyHe said they will soon deliver infantry fighting vehicles and light tanks and the unprecedented support of all NATO allies and EU Member States. Our support makes a real difference on the ground and at this key juncture in the war, we must do even more, even faster,” he said.

“No We only need to spend more, but also spend better”, added the German, emphasizing the need to avoid fragmentation. “We have to create interoperable forces, that is the most important thing . And of course we need to maintain a strong military-industrial base in Europe. We already have the European Defense Fund, which helps develop cutting-edge military technologies. And now we have to move forward on joint defense procurement, harmonize them and take a real common approach to it,” she argued.