EU defence ministers, including Romania’s, signed in Zageb on Wednesday evening a memorandum of understanding concerning cooperation on the project “Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security” on the side-lines of an informal meeting of EU defence ministers, according to a press release issued by the Croatian Defence Ministry, quoted by the Hina news agency.
The project is designed to create multi-national response networks, cyber teams made up of EU cyber defence experts. It was launched in 2018, when Croatia, which currently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council, was among the first countries to join this initiative.
On behalf of the country coordinating the project, Lithuanian Minister Karoblis said PESCO had a great value for all the countries signatories to the project as it will strengthen their cyber defence mechanism.
Signing the memorandum were Croatian Deference Minister Damir Krsticevic; Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis; Estonian Defence Minister Juri Luik; Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten; Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciuca, and Polish Deputy Defence Minister Pawel Wozny. Also present at the signing ceremony was Josep Borrell Fontelles, current High Representative of the European Union.
The project “Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security” is part of the permanent structured cooperation in the area of security and defence policy (PESCO). On December 12, 2017, 25 member states of the European Union formally decided to establish PESCO, an initiative that allows countries to cooperate more closely on strengthening military capabilities, laying the foundations for a so-called European defence union.
Co-operation is aimed at several concrete projects, including the creation of a medical unit, a logistics center, the setting up of a centre for mission preparation and the development of common standards for military radio communications.