During the PRECINCT project Conference on 16-17 May 2023, in Brussels, the DYNABIC project participated in the Conference session of the 17th May on the new European CER Directive. The DYNABIC project manager Dr. Erkuden Rios from TECNALIA was one of the panelists in the session and participated in person.

The Panel “The Resilience of Critical Entities: a New EC Directive” chaired by Dr. Georgios Sakkas, Research Associate at KEMEA counted with the participation of Mr. Paolo Venturoni (CEO of the European Organisation for Security), Dr. Aikaterini Poustourli, senior scientist at Satways Ltd. working in STRATEGY project) and Dr. Erkuden Rios (TECNALIA). The panelists discussed the implications the recently approved European Critical Entities Resilience (CER) Directive has and will have since its entry into force on 16 January 2023.

Dr. Erkuden Rios participation in the panel focused on the presentation of the relation between the CER Directive and the NIS 2 Directive. Both were approved on the 14 December 2022 and Member States will need to transpose them both into national laws by the 17 October 2024. While the CER Directive refers to resilience of critical entities, the NIS 2 Directive establishes cybersecurity measures for essential entities. Therefore, there are some articles in the CER Directive (Article 11 and Chapters III, IV and VI) that critical entities of the digital infrastructure sector do not need to address twice, but only the corresponding provisions in NIS 2 Directive. Similarly, critical financial entities are excluded from the need to fulfill CER Directive Article 11 and Chapters III, IV and VI, since equivalent provisions are already included in dedicated European financial regulation.

We thank all participants in the panel and both remote and in person audience for the fruitful discussion. We also thank the PRECINCT EU project for the invitation and the organisation of such a successful Conference. The DYNABIC consortium is open to follow up the discussion about Critical entities resilience and we invite you to stay in touch through our social media Twitter and Linkedin.


CER Directive: Directive (EU) 2022/2557 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2022 on the resilience of critical entities and repealing Council Directive 2008/114/EC

NIS 2 Directive: Directive (EU) 2022/2555 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2022 on measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union, amending Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 and Directive (EU) 2018/1972, and repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148 (NIS 2 Directive) (see page 80 of this Official Journal).