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The European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Madelene Lindström
  • Stefan OlssonEmail author
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Abstract

The terrorist attacks in Madrid 2004 and London 2005 drew attention to the risk of attacks against European critical infrastructure (ECI). In order to counter-act potential vulnerabilities, the European Council asked the European Commission to prepare an overall strategy and an action plan to improve the protection of ECI. As a result of this request, the Commission proposed the establishment of a European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP). The programme consists of three main parts: a Directive for the identification and designation of ECI, a financial programme and a Critical Infrastructure Warning Information Network (CIWIN).

This chapter starts off with a description of the background that accentuated the need for the establishment of a European cooperation on critical infrastructure protection (CIP).1 This introduction is followed by an account of how the overall identification procedure of ECI is supposed to work in practice and the obligations the Directive2 imposes on the owners/operators of designated ECI as well as relevant government authorities. Finally, CIWIN and the financial programme including the establishment of a European Reference Network for CIP (ERN–CIP) are presented. After this brief overview of the different components of the programme, the chapter is summed up with some concluding remarks on possible challenges the EU has to overcome in order to become an influential CIP-actor.

Keywords

Member State Council Directive Sectoral Criterion Critical Infrastructure Financial Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swedish Defence Research AgencyStockholmSweden

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