Cybercrime@IPA

Regional Co-operation in Criminal Justice:

Strengthening capacities in the fight against cybercrime



A joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on cooperation against cybercrime under the Instrument of Pre-Accession.

Project areas:
  Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and Kosovo*. 

The objective is to strengthen the capacities of criminal justice authorities of project areas to cooperate effectively against cybercrime based on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and other standards and tools. Results are expected in the following areas:


Cybercrime policies and strategies
Harmonisation of legislation
Regional and international law enforcement and judicial cooperation
Law enforcement training
Judicial training
Financial investigations
Cooperation between law enforcement and Internet service providers (ISPs)
Regional assessments to determine the progress made

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

News


CyberCrime@IPA: Assessment report

[Strasbourg, 30 April 2013] The adopted version of the "Assessment Report" prepared under the CyberCrime@IPA Project is now available. It assesses the criminal justice capabilites on cybercrime and electronic evidence in the region covered by the project.

Assessment report


CyberCrime@IPA: Closing Conference (29-30 April 2013, Budva, Montenegro)

[Strasbourg, 23 April 2013] After 30 months of implementation the joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe, which has assisted countries from the Western Balkans and Turkey to take measures against cybercrime, is coming to an end.

Representatives of the project areas will meet during the Closing Conference to discuss the progress made under the project and to adopt the Assessment Report.

The Conference will provide also the opportunity for the judicial training institutions from the region to discuss future cooperation, including within the framework of the regional Judicial Pilot Centre established by the project in Zagreb, Croatia.

Outline of the Closing Conference


High-level conference on strategic priorities (Croatia, 13-15 February 2013)

[Strasbourg, 18 February 2013] Ministers and senior officials from South-eastern Europe adopted a declaration on “strategic priorities in the cooperation against cybercrime” at an international conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 13 to 15 February 2013.

The event was held under the CyberCrime@IPA joint project on cybercrime of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Building on the progress made since the launch of the project, the Conference was aimed of committing decision-makers to specific targets. The “declaration” offers a blue-print for consistent measures aimed at the strengthening of legislation, criminal justice capacities, public-private cooperation, the confiscation of criminal money on the Internet and efficient international cooperation.

The meeting gathered more than 100 cybercrime experts and officials from European countries, but also from Argentina, Botswana, South Africa and the USA as well as the private sector and international organisations.

 Discussions confirmed that CyberCrime@IPA can serve as an example of good practice for capacity building in any region of the world. Tools such as the judicial training modules, the electronic evidence guide, the study on specialised cybercrime units and others will be widely shared.

When adopting the declaration, Croatian Minister of Interior Ranko Ostojić, Deputy Minister of Justice Sandra Artuković Kunšt and other ministers and senior officials confirmed their commitment to “promote adherence to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime at the global level”.


"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.

  Agenda
  Typology Study on criminal money flows

 
LEA/ISP Guidelines


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 Guide was developed under the project and an earlier draft version of the document was already discussed during the Octopus Conference on 7 June 2012.


Regional workshop to finalise the basic judicial training pack based on the feedback received during the trainings (11-12 July 2012 in Trakoscan, Croatia)

[Strasbourg 18 July, 2012] The regional workshop discussed about the final version of the Training Manual by considering the feedback received during the trainings. Participants in the workshop were members of the Working Group on Judicial Training established under the project, participants in the Train the Trainers Programme, as well as representatives of the judicial training institutions.

Agenda


Basic In-Country training on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges and Prosecutors

[Strasbourg, 18 July, 2012] Between 13 April and 19 May 2012 the project organised eight in-country judicial trainings. The trainings were organised in cooperation with the judicial training institutions and delivered by the local trainers who participated in the Train the Trainers Programme. Some 140 judges and prosecutors attended the courses as part of their in-service training.


CyberCrime@IPA: Regional workshop on expedited international cooperation (28-29 March 2012, Skopje, "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”)

[Strasbourg, 4 April 2012] Representatives from Ministries of Justice and Prosecution Services of project areas met to discuss the ways to improve the handling of international cooperation requests related to cybercrime.

Based on previous activities organised under the project, a number of experts from USA, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Romania as well as private sector and other initiatives (European Union project - IPA 2008 DET-ILECUs II) and Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) were invited to share their experience.

The regional workshop was followed by the 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the CyberCrime@IPA project on 30 March.

Agenda



CyberCrime@IPA: Country-specific Workshop on Legislation (26 March 2012, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina )

[Strasbourg, 4 April 2012] In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the CyberCrime@IPA project organised a national workshop on cybercrime legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event gathered representatives of the institutions responsible for drafting legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina from state, entities and district levels, as well as, members of the team on harmonisation of criminal legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The participants in the workshop discussed existent gaps and further needs for reform in view of compliance of the domestic legislation with the Convention on Cybercrime and related international standards.

Agenda


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@IPA: Training of Trainers for representatives of Judicial Training Institutions (20-24 February 2012, Zagreb, Croatia)

[Strasbourg, 6 February 2012] The course is designed to train local trainers in the delivery of cybercrime courses for judges and prosecutors in the project areas of South-eastern Europe.

Subsequently, the project will support a series of training courses to be delivered by these trainers in the project areas. This is to provide judges and prosecutors with basic knowledge needed for the prosecution and adjudication of cases of cybercrime or involving electronic evidence.
 


CyberCrime@IPA: Country-specific Workshop on Legislation for Serbia (27 January 2012, 2012)

[Strasbourg, 6 February 2012] The workshop gathered representatives of the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Serbia, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Judicial Academy, Parliament, judges and prosecutors from Serbia. Experts from France, the Netherlands and Belgium contributed to the event.

The aim of the meeting was to provide advice to Serbia on the further strengthening of national cybercrime legislation.

Based on the discussion in the meeting, a report will be drafted providing recommendations for the authorities of Serbia.

 


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.


High-tech crime units and 24/7 contact points: CyberCrime@IPA workshops in Montenegro (Budva, Montenegro, 13-15 September 2011)

[Strasbourg, 29 August 2011] Regional workshops on specialized cybercrime units and on 24/7 points of contact will be held in Budva, Montenegro, from 13 to 15 September 2011 under the CyberCrime@IPA joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Participants will, among other things, discuss a draft good practice study on high-tech crime units.

Workshop outline


Regional workshop on LEA/ISP cooperation (Durres, Albania, 9-10 June 2011)

[12 June 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives from law enforcement agencies, prosecution services and the private sector met on 9-10 June, 2011 in Durres (Albania). They discussed the guidelines for cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime, adopted by the Octopus Conference, Strasbourg, 1-2 April 2008. Law enforcement experts from Germany, France and Slovenia as well as representatives from Microsoft and the Association of the German Internet Industry (ECO) shared their experience.

The Memoranda of Understanding signed in 2010 between LEA and ISP in Georgia as part of the Georgia cybercrime project implemented by the Council of Europe served as an example of good practice. At the end of the workshop several countries recommended that similar agreements be concluded in their respective countries.

   

Agenda

List of Participants

More information on law enforcement and ISPs cooperation

Memorandum of Understanding of Georgia


Law enforcement training strategy: Study visit to University College Dublin (23-27 May 2011, Dublin, Ireland)

[1 June 2011, Strasbourg] Cybercrime investigators and representatives of law-enforcement training institutions from project areas met in Dublin to initiate a cybercrime law enforcement training strategy.

The meeting was hosted by the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation at University College Dublin (UCD) and resulted in the following:

  • Creation of a regional working group for law enforcement training

  • Draft strategy for law enforcement training

  • Application for ECTEG (European Cybercrime Training and Education Group) training materials  

  • Nominations for participants in the Master of Sciences (MSc) programme in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation offered by UCD. 

Agenda


Regional Training Meeting on International Judicial Cooperation (Dubrovnik, Croatia, 16-17 May 2011)

[22 May 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives of the Ministries of Justice, prosecutors and police officers from the high tech crime units of the project areas as well as experts from Romania and United Kingdom attended the event.

The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss good practices and address the difficulties encountered to cooperate at the regional and international level in cybercrime investigations. How to enhance such cooperation, improve the responsiveness of the 24/7 points of contact and the efficiency of MLA as well as how to ensure a better cooperation between the high tech crime units were the key questions addressed by the meeting.

During discussions the preparation of a manual on international cooperation in cybercrime matters has been initiated and the delegations made recommendations on the steps to be taken in order to enhance international cooperation against cybercrime.

   

Agenda

List of Participants

Presentations


Regional Workshop on Judicial Training (Ohrid, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 11-12 May 2011)

[16 May 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives of the judicial training institutions, judges, prosecutors and international experts met in Ohrid to discuss judicial training strategies on cybercrime and electronic evidence.

The event received wide media coverage and benefited from the participation of the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mihajlo Manevski. "Computer crime is a type of organized crime with very serious consequences. The increasing of cybercrime requires greater training but also the implementation of the law" said Mr. Manevski.

On this occasion a regional working group was created to develop - with the support of the project - training manuals for basic and advanced training courses. Furthermore, the delegations made recommendations on the steps to be taken to ensure sustainable judicial training in the region on these issues.

      

 

Agenda

List of Participants
Presentations


Cybercrime resources available in Serbian

[8 April 2011, Strasbourg] Serbian translation of two important resource papers – The concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence and The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime – is now also available online.

Concept Paper on cybercrime training
Guidelines

The translations were realised within the framework of the joint EU/CE regional project “Regional Co-operation in Criminal Justice: Strengthening capacities in the fight against cybercrime” (CyberCrime@IPA)

 


Regional Workshop on Legislation (24-25 March 2011, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

[4 April 2011, Strasbourg] The regional workshop organised under CyberCrime@IPA project gathered representatives of ministries of justice, prosecutors and judges dealing with cybercrime cases. 

The aim of the workshop was to provide advice to project countries/areas on the strengthening of legislation and follow up to the recommendations of the cybercrime situation report drafted under the project.
During discussions international experts provided advice on developing comprehensive legislation that includes efficient and fast criminal procedure measures and adequate conditions and safeguards in place.

The representatives of the participating countries presented their national legislative approach and raised the need for more consistent training on electronic evidence for judges and prosecutors enabling them to deal with such cases.
At the end of the workshop each delegation provided information on the current status of criminal law reform and drafted recommendations on possible steps to be taken to strengthen the legal framework on cybercrime in their country.


Agenda
List of Participants
Presentations


Regional Workshop on Criminal Money Flows on the Internet (17-18 March 2011, Belgrade, Serbia)

[4 April 2011, Strasbourg] The regional workshop organised under CyberCrime@IPA project gathered prosecutors, judges, police officers and representatives of financial investigation units (FIUs). Bodies responsible for the recovery of criminal assets, financial institutions and internet service providers (ISPs) also participated in the workshop.

The workshop 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 and identifying countermeasures and good practices that could be implemented in the project countries and areas.

The participants of the workshop recommended a number of specific measures to be implemented in their respective countries in terms of criminal material and procedural law, procedures for mutual legal assistance, further specialisation and training for law enforcement and judiciary, cooperation and exchange of information with the private sector, interagency and international cooperation as well as raising public awareness.

Agenda
List of Participants
Presentations


Cybercrime resources available in Albanian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Turkish 

[8 March 2011, Strasbourg] The concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters is now available in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Turkish. This concept is aimed at helping judicial training institutions develop and integrate such training in regular initial and in-service training. It will furthermore facilitate networking among judges and prosecutors to enhance their knowledge as well as consistent support to training initiatives by interested partners.

Concept Paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors: click here

 

The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime were adopted by the global Conference "Cooperation against Cybercrime" (Council of Europe) on 1-2 April 2008 to help law enforcement and service providers to organise their cooperation  while respecting each others' roles and responsibilities as well as the rights of internet users.  

 

Guidelines: click here

 

The translations were realised within the framework of the joint EU/CE regional project “Regional Co-operation in Criminal Justice: Strengthening capacities in the fight against cybercrime” (CyberCrime@IPA) 

Both documents will soon be available in Serbian.


CyberCrime@IPA : Launching Conference (Istanbul, Turkey, 17-18 February 2011)

The event was organised under the CyberCrime@IPA joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on cooperation against cybercrime under the Instrument of Pre-Accession.

The conference gathered decision makers and members of the project teams from the eight project areas, representatives of partners in the project as well as experts from Estonia, Georgia, the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) and the private sector (Microsoft).

The conference resulted in the adoption of the project work plan and the finalisation of the cybercrime situation report. Senior officials expressed strong commitment towards domestic measures and regional cooperation against cybercrime.

     

Agenda
List of participants

 


 

 
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