A joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on cooperation against cybercrime under the Eastern Partnership Facility.
Participating countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of Eastern Partnership countries to cooperate effectively against cybercrime.
Policies and awareness of decision-makers
CyberCrime @ EAP: Strategic priorities adopted
[Kyiv, Ukraine, 31 October 2013] Participants in a conference organised in Kyiv, Ukraine, under the joint Council of Europe/EU project on cooperation against cybercrime in the Eastern Partnership region, adopted today a set of strategic priorities. These are to provide guidance to cybercrime policies by countries of this region but also facilitate future capacity building programmes in this region.
"Strategic Priorities and Closing Conference" of CyberCrime@EAP project, 30-31 October 2013, Kyiv, Ukraine
[Strasbourg, 23 October 2013] After 27 months of implementation the joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe, CyberCrime@EAP, which has assisted Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to take measures against cybercrime, is coming to an end.
Representatives of the countries
participating in the project will meet on 30-31 October 2013 in Kyiv,
Ukraine, to discuss the progress made under the project based on
the assessment report and to agree on a declaration of strategic
priorities in the cooperation against cybercrime .
Peer-to-peer assessment visits
In April, assessment visits are organised to every project country of CyberCrime@EAP (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) in order to determine progress made with respect to:
The results will help identify strategic priorities for future work.
"Training of Trainers" and "Law Enforcement 1st responders course" 25 February - 1 March 2013, Oslo, Norway
[Strasbourg, 18 February 2013] Within the framework of the Joint EU/COE projects CyberCrime@IPA and CyberCrime@EAP, the Council of Europe in partnership with the Norwegian Police University College is organizing a “Training of Trainers” and “Law Enforcement 1st responders course” for cybercrime investigations.
Twenty two law enforcement officers from the CyberCrime@IPA and CyberCrime@EAP project areas will participate in the training that will take place from 25 February – 1 March 2013 at the Norwegian Police University College.
The course is aimed at enabling Law Enforcement officials to carry out training of “Law Enforcement 1st responders” in their countries/areas in appropriately handling the crime scenes that have elements of cybercrime and electronic evidence. These trainings will be done based on the training course material that has been developed under the CyberCrime@IPA project and is being made available to Law Enforcement in both project areas.
International Workshop on Public/private cooperation against cybercrime and criminal money on the internet, 26-28 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey
[Strasbourg, 19 December 2012] Representatives of the High-Tech Crime Units, Financial Investigations Units and Financial Intelligence Units from the CyberCrime@IPA and CyberCrime@EAP project areas met in Istanbul to discuss practices of private/public sharing of threat intelligence, including legislative impediments and data protection implications from sharing such information. A number of experts and representatives of international organizations presented their experience.
Furthermore the event was used for the follow up to previous activities on law enforcement/ISP cooperation and criminal money on the internet.
International Workshop on the Electronic Evidence Guide(4-5 September 2012," the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
[Strasbourg 18 July, 2012] The event in Struga gathered investigators, forensic experts and prosecutors to discuss the final version of the Guide. A number of experts from other regions, including representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries, contributed to the event.
The Electronic Evidence Guides developed under the project and an earlier draft version of the document was already discussed during the Octopus Conference on 7 June 2012.
Regional seminar on judicial and law enforcement training (28-29 June 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia)
[Strasbourg 18 July, 2012] Eastern Partnership countries met in Tbilisi to discuss strategies for law enforcement and judicial training on cybercrime and electronic evidence.
Regional seminar on strategic priorities (27 June 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia)
Representatives of Eastern Partnership countries and experts from Estonia and United Kingdom discussed approaches for developing cybercrime/cyber security strategies in the region. The conclusions and the findings of the Cybercrime Situation Report drafted under the project will be considered to agree on country-specific and regional strategic priorities in a form of a declaration.
Regional seminar on LEA/ISP cooperation in cybercrime investigations (26-27 April 2012, Yerevan, Armenia)
[Strasbourg, 18 July, 2012] Law enforcement officers from five Eastern Partnership countries and representatives from the private sector discussed challenges and good practices to increase their cooperation in cybercrime investigations. Among the main obstacles identified were insufficient implementation of the Budapest Convention and related standards that provide a legal basis to provide such cooperation.
The regional seminar was preceded by two specific events for Armenia on cybercrime legislation and public-private cooperation (25 April 2012, Yerevan, Armenia).
The project will follow-up on the recommendations made during these events.
CyberCrime@EAP: Regional Workshop on High Tech Crime Units (20-21 March 2012, Tbilisi , Georgia)
[Strasbourg, 4 April2012] Representatives of the high tech crime units, 24/7 points of contacts and prosecution services from the EAP countries met in Tbilisi to discuss good practices on setting-up specialised cybercrime units and interagency cooperation in cybercrime investigations among national authorities.
CyberCrimeEAP/CyberCrime@IPA: Intra-Regional Workshop on "Criminal Money Flows on the Internet" (27-29 February 2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine)
[Strasbourg, 1 March 2012] About 80 representatives from the two project areas met in Kyiv to exchange experiences and discuss recent developments related to criminal money on the Internet.
The event was aimed at raising awareness of the need for confiscating proceeds from crime on the internet, strengthening interagency and public-private cooperation against criminal money on the internet, as well as at identifying countermeasures (good practices) to be implemented in participating countries.
The workshop was used to present the new consolidated FATF Recommendations – and provided a venue for discussion of the implications of these Recommendations on measures against criminal money on the Internet.
CyberCrime@EAP Project – Regional seminar on cybercrime legislation – 13-14 December, 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan
[Strasbourg, 6 February 2012] The representatives of five EAP countries and international experts discussed the main challenges in the implementation of the Budapest Convention as well as issues of gathering and presenting electronic evidence in the court. The gaps identified include insufficient implementation of provisions of the Budapest Convention and lack of experience in gathering and presenting electronic evidence in the court.
The delegations prepared a set of recommendations addressing these gaps in their respective countries. The project will assist their implementation and support the follow-up to these recommendations.
Training for 24/7 points of Contact (8-10 November, Rome, Italy)
[Strasbourg, 18 November, 2011] The joint European Union and Council of Europe regional projects - CyberCrime@IPA and Cybercrime@EAP - supported the participation of 24/7 points of contact from 14 countries in the third training conference of G8. The Council of Europe 24/7 Network is established under Article 35 of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime in order to facilitate the international cooperation. This event organised in Rome on 8-10 November, 2011 provided an opportunity for the points of contact from the countries/areas covered by the two projects to establish links among themselves as well as to network with the countries that are members in the G8 network.
LEA-ISP guidelines available in the Azeri language
[31 August 2011, Strasbourg] An Azeri version of the Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime is now available online. This important reference document is also available in a number of other non-official languages of the Council of Europe, among them Armenian, Georgian, Romanian and Ukrainian.
This translation was done within the framework of the joint EU/CE project “Eastern Partnership – Cooperation against Cybercrime” (CyberCrime@EAP)
CyberCrime@EAP Project: Regional seminar on international cooperation against cybercrime (Chisinau, Moldova, 5-6 September 2011)
[Strasbourg, 16 September 2011] This seminar opened a series of regional events aimed at strengthening the capacities of criminal justice authorities of the Eastern Partnership countries to cooperate effectively against cybercrime.
Its participants – officials from the six Eastern Partnership countries, assisted by international experts as well as a representative of GUAM – discussed the key issues preventing efficient international cooperation against cybercrime. The problems identified include slow or no response to mutual legal assistance requests, gaps in legal frameworks and insufficient training or equipment.
Based on the shortcomings identified and good practices available, delegations prepared a set of recommendations to address these challenges in their respective countries. The CyberCrime@EAP project will support a follow-up to these recommendations.
LEA-ISP guidelines available in the Armenian language
[22 July 2011, Strasbourg] Armenian translation of an important resource paper – The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime – is now also available online, in addition to several other non-official languages.
The translation was kindly provided by the Police of the Republic of Armenia, partner of the joint EU/CE project “Eastern Partnership – Cooperation against Cybercrime” (CyberCrime@EAP).
CyberCrime@EAP: Launching Conference (Tallinn, Estonia, 30-31 May 2011)
[1 June 2011, Strasbourg] This new project was launched through a regional conference on effective measures against cybercrime held in Tallinn in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Estonia.
The meeting was opened by the Minister of Justice of Estonia, Mr. Kristen Michal, who underlined the importance of cyber-security and the fight against cybercrime for Estonia and its effort to support counter-measures at the international level.
The conference discussed the priorities of project countries with regard to cybercrime and electronic evidence. Most project activities will be regional. This is to reinforce regional cooperation which is considered essential given the trans-national nature of cybercrime. Regional cooperation will furthermore help integrate EaP countries into European and international efforts against cybercrime.
During the meeting, the Steering Committee adopted the workplan of the project and agreed on implementation modalities.