The European Union is eager to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the field of cybersecurity. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze following a meeting with Vice President of the European Commission and Eruopean Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip in Brussels on 5 December.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that the urgent task for Ukraine is protection against cyberattacks, in which the targets have repeatedly become the objects of critical infrastructure of the country. "Strengthened cooperation between Ukraine and the EU would create a solid platform for confronting cyberattacks", stressed Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. In particular, Ukraine is interested in engaging in the work of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the activities of the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Center, as well as trainings of the EU on coordination mechanisms for joint response of the EU and the Member States for large-scale incidents and crisis situations in the field of cybersecurity.
The Commissioner Andrus Ansip announced that the European Union expresses commitment in deepening cooperation with Ukraine in the field of cyber security. "No country can counteract cyberattacks on its own. We need to unite our forces", said the European Commissioner.
He also noted that, with the view to the interconnection that exists today in the world, cyberattack against one country inevitably affects others. In particular, he recalled the NotPetya virus, the destructive impact of which had been felt far beyond Ukraine.
The parties agreed that strengthening the cybersecurity of Ukraine and deepening cooperation in this area is in line with the interests of both the EU and Ukraine.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that the digital economy is one of the priorities of cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union. "During three years of continuous dialogue with the European side within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Initiative, we have been able to achieve significant progress in this area", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze emphasized.
The Vice Prime Minister proposed to strengthen cooperation with the EU in this area through a coherent work plan. According to her, such a plan will focus on updating the Association Agreement annexes concerning the digital economy, as well as a number of additional measures proposed by the Ukrainian side in the Roadmap for integrating the digital markets of Ukraine and the EU.
"The meeting of the Association Council due in December is a great opportunity to give a clear political message about our shared commitment to deepen integration in digital sector", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
Moreover, she stressed the importance of joint monitoring of the implementation of the set tasks.