EU squabble may sink planned cybercrime agency

Friday, 6 June 2003, 1:02 AM EST

Plans for a European agency to tackle cybercrime such as computer viruses and terror attacks may be scuppered by bureaucracy because governments want to monitor it too tightly, EU officials said on Wednesday.

The European Network and Information Security Agency, which would play a key advisory role to the 15 EU governments on how to combat Web-related threats, was expected to be up and running by the end of this year.

However member states now say they want to directly appoint members of the management board, which would oversee the work of the agency. They are also seeking to axe a planned advisory panel meant to give voice to the industry, EU officials said.

The Commission is fiercely opposing an overhaul of its planned structure and is threatening to withdraw the proposal.

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