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EU to Encourage Cooperation on Drones, Cyber Security

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Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- European Union leaders will call for more coordination on cyber security and unmanned aircraft when they meet in Brussels this month, according to a Dec. 2 draft of summit conclusions.

The EU will step up its efforts to ward off hacking of public and private websites, to protect European troops on peacekeeping missions and to fight child pornography. The Dec. 19-20 summit will endorse calls by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for a “cyber defense framework” in 2014, the document said. It made no reference to allegations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Leaders also will endorse moves to build a community of nations which use remotely-piloted aircraft, as established last month by France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland. The EU will encourage “close synergies” between nations and the European Commission on regulating these aircraft, along with “appropriate funding from 2014,” the draft says.

To contact the reporters on this story: Rebecca Christie in Brussels at rchristie4@bloomberg.net; James G. Neuger in Brussels at jneuger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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