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Juhan Lepassaar was elected as the new executive director of ENISA

The management board of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) elected Juhan Lepassaar as the new executive director of the agency. 

‘Juhan Lepassaar is an excellent candidate for managing cooperation on cybersecurity in Europe, which was affirmed today by the strong support of the member states. This is absolutely a recognition to Estonia as a whole and to Juhan, who has been responsible for the development of the digital internal market in the European Commission for the last five years,’ said Uku Särekanno, Director of Cybersecurity of the Information System Authority, who represents Estonia in the management board.

Lepassaar began working as the head of cabinet for Commission Vice-President Ansip, who coordinated the field of the digital internal market, in 2014. Before that, he worked as the director for EU affairs at the Government Office of Estonia. 

Lepassaar was elected from among 80 candidates and received the required two thirds of the votes already in today’s first round of voting. The executive director of ENISA was elected by the agency’s management board, which comprises representatives of EU Member States and the European Commission. The European Parliament will deliver their final decision regarding the new executive director after hearing Lepassaar’s statement on 23 July. 

The purpose of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is to coordinate and support cooperation on cybersecurity between Member States, incl. the cooperation of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in crises. The agency was granted greater powers with the regulation on cybersecurity that entered into force at the end of June, which gave the agency tasks such as security certification and operational coordination of crisis management. 

ENISA was established in 2004 and its head office is located in Athens, the capital of Greece. The official competition for finding the new executive director was announced in October 2018.

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