EU Agency for Network and Info Security To Remain in Greece



Greece’s Digital Policy Minister, Nikos Pappas (left) and Udo Helmbrecht (right), Executive Director of ENISA today in Athens. Photo from Nikos Pappas’ personal Twitter page

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) will remain in Athens, following an agreement signed on Tuesday by Digital Policy, Media & Telecoms Minister (DPMT) Nikos Pappas and ENISA executive director of Udo Helbrecht in Athens.

ENISA was set up in 2004 and it was decided at the time that it should be based somewhere in Greece, with the precise location to be determined by Greek authorities. The agreement signed on Tuesday comes after the European Commission proposal of September 2017, announcing the Commission’s intention to reinforce the current role of the Agency.

ENISA will have increased responsibilities in areas already within its jurisdiction and new areas where support is needed will be added to meet the challenges of the new digital era and improve the Digital Single Market for Europe. The proposal also suggested a permanent mandate for ENISA, which will now have its permanent seat in the Greek capital.

Key points of Tuesday’s agreement are that the Agency will be located in the Athens metropolitan area, with a branch office in Heraklion in Crete. In addition, Greek authorities must locate the Agency at premises appropriate to the effective and efficient operation of the Agency, and provide staff support to encourage the best professional cybersecurity people to work for the Agency in Greece.

With information from A.M.N.A.