Critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure refers to facilities and systems – or parts thereof – that are necessary for the preservation of vital social functions, health, safety, security, economic welfare or social wellbeing.

The disruption or destruction of critical infrastructure can have serious consequences. Given the possible impact, critical infrastructure is not just a matter for national authorities – European authorities are concerned about it too. Consequently, the European Commission sets out the principles and instruments needed to implement the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP).

Elia does all it can to minimise harmful external risks as it develops its high-voltage infrastructure. For instance, high-voltage substations are equipped with electronic access systems and special fences.

Elia intends to keep investing in innovative security products in future so as to give its staff, goods and infrastructure the best possible protection.