The last workshop on Eastern Partnership (EaP) Regulatory Bodies focused on two main issues connected to digitalisation and cyber security in energy sector: (i) the importance of harmonised regulations, as data have no borders and any approach to them have to reflect this fact; (ii) securing a good balance between new rules (regulation) and their interference with existing energy systems, ensuring that new rules would not negatively influence energy market. Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) was represented by members: Matúš Misik (Associate Fellow, Slovak Foreign Policy Association) and Artashes Sargsyan (Chairman, NGO ECOTEAM – Energy and Environment Consulting).
Matúš Misik presented the paper “Case study Slovakia: the impact of digitalisation and cyber security on critical infrastructure – the civil society’s view”. The study draws example from Slovakia to show how limited cooperation between individual authorities responsible for cyber security issues can negatively influence their ability to cope with these issues in energy sector. The presentation provided several recommendations that are applicable also for EaP countries – for example, the inclusion of cyber security issues into the main energy policy documents or closer cooperation between different state agencies responsible for cyber security issue. 8th EaP Workshop on EaP Energy Regulatory Bodies, took place in Minsk between 21-22 May 2019.