Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate
Overview
 

The Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate is responsible for the Council of Europe’s work on the media, information society, data protection and for its action against crime. The Directorate’s activities comprise standard-setting, monitoring and co-operation. These activities are closely linked to the Council of Europe’s core values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Standard-setting, carried out through intergovernmental steering committees, consists of the preparation, for adoption by the Committee of Ministers, of legally binding texts such as conventions or policy recommendations.

Monitoring is carried out either by independent bodies, such as the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL), or by Committees of Parties to a particular Convention.

Co-operation activities take place in a number of member states, in most cases together with external partners, notably the European Union.

The Directorate further coordinates the transversal work under the Internet Governance Strategy 2012-2015. Action to combat terrorism, as well as drug abuse and illicit trafficking of drugs also fall within the Directorate’s remit.