Francisco López-Menchero, Acting Head of Unit for the TAIEX instrument at the European Commission, stressed the importance of cooperating with the region on cybersecurity matters:
“Increasing the cyber resilience and capacities in the Western Balkans is closely in line with the key policy frameworks of the European Union and indeed an integral part of our Enlargement policy”.
At the workshop, the Greek Ministry for Foreign Affairs noted that “Greece understands that cyber security is a global challenge. We therefore contribute to the fullest extent possible to the EU’s efforts to boost the cyber capacity building of our Western Balkan partners. It is in the collective interest of all to promote due diligence, share best practices, and build cyber capacities.”
ENISA’s Head of the Capacity Building Unit Demosthenes Ikonomou stressed:
“Practice makes perfect – this is true both for cybersecurity resilience and cooperation structures within the EU, as well as for those in the EU’s partners in the Western Balkans. That’s why testing and walking through these cyber exercises together is so important.“