EU Cybersecurity Strategy: An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace



7 February 2013


European Commission


The adoption of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy was a defining moment for strengthening the EU’s role in shaping cybersecurity policies – both among the Member States and globally.

This framework document brings together several objectives that constitute pillars of the EU’s cybersecurity policy, namely:

  • increasing cyber resilience;
  • reducing cybercrime;
  • developing EU cyber defence policy and capabilities related to Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP);
  • developing the industrial and technical resources for cybersecurity;
  • establishing a coherent international cyberspace policy for the EU and promoting core EU values.

Welcoming the adoption of the Strategy, the Council of the European Union recognised that cybersecurity constitutes “one of the most important present and future challenges”, and noted the important role of the EU “in supporting and maintaining an open, secure and resilient cyberspace based on the core values of the EU such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law”.