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Minister Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs Announces a Stakeholder Consultation for the proposed Critical Entities Resilience (CER) Directive

The Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney TD, welcomed the launch today of a stakeholder consultation process on a proposed European Union Directive to enhance the resilience of critical entities.

The purpose of this proposed Directive, which is known as the CER Directive, is to ensure the continuous provision of essential services to all of the citizens of the EU by enhancing the resilience of critical entities. The proposed CER Directive covers ten sectors, namely: energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructures, health, drinking water, waste water, digital infrastructure, public administration and space.

Commenting on the consultation, Minister Coveney said:

"I am very pleased that in addition to consultation with other Government Departments, my Department is conducting a wider stakeholder consultation to help inform the Irish position in the negotiation of the proposal for a Directive on the resilience of critical entities."

The Department of Defence invites written submissions from interested individuals or groups. Further information is available on,, or