Negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have agreed on the first EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity which will set standardised rules for member states to better deal with cyber-attacks.

Following this political agreement, the text will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. After that it will be published in the EU Official Journal and will officially enter into force. Member States will have 21 months to implement this Directive into their national laws and 6 months more to identify operators of essential services.