The NIS Directive is the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity. The aim is to bring cybersecurity capabilities at the same level of development in all the EU Member States and ensure that exchanges of information and cooperation are efficient, including at cross-border level.

The Directive on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive) was adopted by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016.  European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, have issued a statement at this occasion. The Directive will enter into force in August 2016. Member States will have 21 months to transpose the Directive into their national laws and 6 months more to identify operators of essential services.