Kelly welcomes Juncker’s cyber security pledge
The leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly MEP, has welcomed a pledge by the European Commission President to prioritise cyber security in the coming year.
"In his State of the European Union speech to MEPs in Strasbourg this week, Jean-Claude Juncker listed improving cyber security as a priority and proposed new tools to combat cyber-attacks," Mr Kelly said in welcoming the proposals.
The comments followed a call by the Ireland South MEP for a robust common EU cyber security strategy to be able to repel any cyber-attacks against EU energy supplies, the aviation sector, commercial sectors, and governments.
Last year there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day and 80pc of European companies experienced at least one cyber-security incident according to a statement from Mr Juncker to the European Parliament.
"It is now almost daily that we hear about data breaches, malicious malware and online financial scams, and there are more sinister risks too from those who do not seek financial gain, but terrorists who want to cause damage and disruption," Mr Kelly continued.
Mr Kelly further welcomed the proposal to create a European Cyber security Agency, to help defend Europeans against such attacks.
"Cyber security and counter terrorism are priority areas for the EPP Group to which Fine Gael is aligned and we will continue to push for security and peace of mind for our citizens," he said.