On 16 and 17 June 2022, the European Commission and the Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe together with representatives from Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan met for the 8th Steering Committee meeting of the CyberSouth project, in Bucharest, Romania.
The meeting aimed at assessing the project activities implemented in the first half of 2022, discussing priorities in the fight against cybercrime and agreeing on future joint actions in this area.
Representatives from the Southern Neighbourhood region also shared relevant national developments and indicated their priorities for future activities and how the project can support in achieving them.
The CyberSouth project will continue strengthening the capacities of criminal justice institutions to respond to cybercrime threats by focusing on increasing knowledge and skills of judiciary, reinforcing international co-operation and promoting the international legislative standards including theSecond Additional Protocol of the Budapest Convention.
The meeting was attended also by representatives of other relevant projects (Sirius, Euromed Justice and Programme South) who shared their experiences and initiatives in public-private cooperation and working with the countries from Neighbourhood region.
The second day was dedicated to a study visit of the representatives of the priority countries to the National Cybercrime Unit of the Romanian National Police which facilitated the exchange of views on cybercrime investigations and handling of electronic evidence.
In the current international context, strengthening of criminal justice capacities to fight cybercrime is more relevant than ever.
The next CyberSouth Steering Committee will take place in December 2022.
CyberSouth project webpage
Cybercrime Programme Office (C-PROC) webpage
Budapest Convention webpage