Decree on ports and airports important to society circulated for comment
The decree prepared by the Ministry of Transport and Communications concerning ports and airports important to society was circulated for comment on 16 February. The deadline for comments is 16 March.
The draft decree sent out for comments specifies the criteria to be used for assessing the importance of a port or airport for the functions of society. According to the draft, airports through which more than five million passengers passed in the preceding year would be considered important. Ports to be considered important are those through which more than four million passengers or 10 million tonnes of foreign freight traffic passed in the preceding year.
In future the requirements concerning the security of communication networks and information systems proposed to be included in the Aviation Act and Act on Security Measures on Certain Ships and in Ports Serving Them and on Monitoring the Security Measures would apply to a port or airport considered as important to society. The port or airport operators should also notify the Finnish Transport Safety Agency of any significant disturbances relating to information security. It is estimated that the requirements and notification obligation should not have any significant financial impacts to the port or airport operators.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will continue the preparation on the basis of the feedback received. The decree is to be adopted at the Government plenary session in spring 2018.
The decree is related to the implementation of the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive of the EU. It is to be issued on the grounds of the amendments to the Aviation Act and Act on Security Measures on Certain Ships and in Ports Serving Them and on Monitoring the Security Measures. The Government proposal concerning these acts was given to the Parliament on 19 December 2017 (HE 192/2017). The legislative amendments and decree to be issued under them are to enter into force in the beginning of May.
Maija Rönkä, Senior Officer, tel. +358 295 34 2039