MEPs have called for the EU institutions to put more money into their in-house cybersecurity units and, in a contentious move, also demanded they stop using products from “malicious” Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.
A broad majority of EU lawmakers backed the resolution on Wednesday (13 June), which sets the European Parliament’s approach to a European cyber defence policy, an area where EU institutions have been moving to step up their work.
The MEPs’ report is not legally binding—but its most controversial demand will spark fears that Brussels has set its sights on clamping down on foreign technology companies.
The most explosive measure is buried at the end of the report, where the Parliament asks EU bodies “to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used in the institutions in order to exclude potentially dangerous programmes and devices”.
In the first-ever such call from an EU institution, the MEPs want