ANSSI committed to promoting EU sovereignty during the Presidency of the EU


France took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2022. It is the first Member State of the trio, also composed of the Czech Republic and Sweden, and follows Portugal, Germany and Slovenia, that have worked together to increase the European Union's cybersecurity. ANSSI will chair several European cooperation networks revolving around cybersecurity.

ANSSI will contribute, alongside the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, to the reinforcement of the EU’s coordination in case of a major cyber crisis

A major cyber-attack can have a lasting effect on our societies and our economies on a European scale: the EU must be able to prepare facing such a crisis. The European network gathering high level representatives of the twenty-seven authorities in charge of cybercrisis management (CyCLONe) will meet at the end of January, with the support of ENISA and the European Commission, to discuss the challenges induced by a crisis and how to improve cooperation and assistance mechanisms within the EU. This meeting will also explore the role trusted private sector actors, including cybersecurity service providers, could play in supporting and amplifying government capabilities, particularly in the event of a large-scale cyber-attack. It will be part of a broader sequence of exercises played within Council meetings at political level in Brussels aiming to highlight the complementarity of internal (crisis management) and external (response to the attacker) dimensions of the Union’s actions.

ANSSI will also work, in coordination with ENISA and the European Commission, to consolidate the development of national and collective cyber capabilities

  • CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) Network: it has widely demonstrated its ability to react quickly and trigger fruitful cooperation since its creation in 2017. The CERT-FR‘s ambition, co-chairing with the Czech Republic and Sweden for the next eighteen months, will be to reinforce the efficiency of exchanges between the network’s members and continue encouraging a broader participation in the working groups.
  • NIS (Network and Information System Security) Cooperation Group: during the first half of 2022, ANSSI will have the opportunity to actively contribute to the preparation and adoption of the new working program for the next two years. These discussions will be of great importance to guide our work on the transposition and implementation of the NIS directive, currently under revision. ANSSI will commit to continue promoting the Group’s activities to durably position it as a central European forum addressing cybersecurity topics.

ANSSI will also seek to reinforce cybersecurity within the EU in a tangible way

The agency will remain mobilized to create a cloud certification that meets the security challenges, and will also continue to promote the certification of cybersecurity products and services in order to create a unified European market.

A presidency of the EU Council only comes every thirteen years: ANSSI is fully seizing this opportunity to promote a sovereign EU in the digital space.