This year's conference focussed on the theme ‘Harnessing the Power of Trust’ and featured high-level panel debates and armchair discussions with representatives of the EU institutions, national governments, cybersecurity agencies, civil society, academia and industry, as well as expert-led workshops organized by the European Cyber Agora community. The event took place in a hybrid format in Brussels at the Microsoft Innovation Center, from 14 to 16 June.
The European Cyber Agora aims to bridge the gap between government, civil society and industry across Europe to shape the European cybersecurity policy agenda and identify European perspectives on global cybersecurity policy debates. Key topics, therefore, ranged from EU cybersecurity policy, protection of critical infrastructure and emerging risks to digital diplomacy and the role of the transatlantic relationship.
On 15 June EU Cyber Direct organised the workshop 'War in Ukraine: lessons for the EU’s cyber diplomacy'. The session looked at the lessons from the ongoing war in Ukraine, where cyber operations are actively used by both sides of the conflict. The key question addressed during this workshop was: how can the EU further strengthen its Toolbox in order to effectively counter malicious actors in cyberspace and provide assistance to its partners and allies?
The discussion 'Next Generation Cyber Capacity Building: can and should the EU lead?', also organised by EU Cyber Direct, took place on 16 June. Speakers questioned the capacities of the EU and its institutions to deliver cyber capacity-building support globally and discussed how the EU can shape global developments in this domain more effectively.
The European Cyber Agora is facilitated by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, EU Cyber Direct, and Microsoft, and it is supported by over 30 partner organizations and institutions from across Europe.