By Wiebke Stimming –
At the beginning of the day, the delegations of the EU Member States could not have been more divided on the issue of cybersecurity. Where should the competence of cybersecurity lie? Should it be on a national level or on a Union level? Consensus was reached easily on the necessity to extend the mandate of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). However, what should the extended mandate include? Some delegates saw the need for a research center on cybersecurity, others wished to set the focus more on education.
Some delegates sat down late after an informal discussion, the chair saw the necessity to apply a special punishment procedure: first, he asked the group a trivia question. The question was: who is the longest reigning monarch today? Because none of the delegates knew the ‘correct’ answer, which was Hassanal Bolkiah all late delegates were punished by having to sing ‘One day my prince will come’ the prominent song of the Disney classic ‘Snow White’. After some discussions on the topic of what a ‘true monarchy’ is and whether the UK qualifies as such, the debates continued.