The objective of this PESCOPermanent Structured Cooperation project is to develop, establish, and operate a multinational Cyber and Information Domain (CID) Coordination Centre (CIDCC) as a standing multinational military element for the European Union to exchange and analyse data and information gathered in the cyber and information domain.
|Project name||Cyber and Information Domain Coordination Centre (CIDCC)|
|Project members||France, Netherlands, Hungary|
|Observers to the project|
Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Ireland.
Initial operational capability as of 2023 / 2026 project completion and full operational capability
The cyber and information domain is becoming increasingly important, also for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDPCommon Security and Defence Policy ) of the European Union. For this reason, the project partners France, Netherlands and Hungary, together with Germany as project coordinator, are providing a Cyber and Information Domain Coordination Centre (CIDCC) to the EU. As an initial coordinating element, this PESCOPermanent Structured Cooperation project is to support EU-led military operations and missions by collecting and analysing data and information from the Cyber and Information Domain and ultimately feeding them into the military planning and decision-making process.
The project partners, together with other interested EU member states, will provide the required resources and information for initial operation of the CIDCC as of October 2023. The project shall be completed no later than 2026 and then transferred into an “EU CIDCC”. After the project phase the CIDCC can be developed further jointly.
We will strengthen our cyber intelligence capacities to enhance our cyber resilience, also providing effective support to our civilian and military CSDPCommon Security and Defence Policy missions and operations, as well as our armed forces.Strategic Compass
The Strategic Compass for Security and Defence, adopted by the EU in spring 2022, emphasises that cyberspace – in particular because of the growing dependence on digital technologies – has become a field for strategic competition. In a global and interconnected world, the EU must therefore also be able to act in the CID. The project partners had understood early on the relevance of the cyber and information domain as an area of military action, too, and have been working on the concept and the implementation of the CIDCC since November 2019. Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the major role cyberspace is playing in this war only highlight how important it is that Europe is also able to act on the digital battlefield. EU member states confirmed this requirement in the EU Concept on Cyber Defence for EU-led Military Operations and Missions, endorsed in May 2022. The concept calls for the creation of a military CIDCC capability for the EU and outlines its main tasks.
As an interface for the exchange of relevant information, the CIDCC establishes working relations to other EU agencies and similar national capability centres or key points of contact in the EU member states and compiles the information provided. In its capacity as an evaluation centre the CIDCC will produce its own analyses of the situation in cyberspace, and as advisory element will make concrete recommendations for the planning and conduct of military operations and missions. “Connect, Compound, Contribute” are the three buzzwords describing the core competences of the planned CIDCC.