Protecting critical infrastructure

Published 30-04-2012
One of the EU legal acts incorporated into the EEA Agreement on 30 April 2012 establishes a procedure for the identification and designation of European critical infrastructure, such as airports, subways, railway stations and power plants. The European Critical Infrastructure Directive also deals with the need to improve the safeguarding of such infrastructure in order to protect people better.

The Directive came about as a direct consequence of the terrorist attacks that took place in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005. Its incorporation into the EEA Agreement will ensure the same level of protection as in the European Union. The Directive defines critical infrastructure as installations whose disruption or destruction would have a significant impact on at least two European countries.

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