iPROCEEDS-2: First Meeting of the Project Steering Committee

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Launched in January 2020, with a duration of 42 months, the Joint Project of the European Union and the Council of Europe iPROCEEDS-2 – Targeting crime proceeds and securing electronic evidence on the Internet in South East Europe and Turkey, organised its first Project Steering Committee (PSC) on 5 June 2020.

Aimed at contributing to the design and endorsement of future project activities, but also at approving the Workplan for the next implementation phase, the meeting gave the opportunity to the members of the PSC to determine the needs of project countries/areas for future support and capacity building.

The PSC was attended by the representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe as well as by domestic authorities – representatives of specialised cybercrime prosecution units or prosecutors specialised in supervision/prosecution of cybercrime cases, cybercrime investigators, FIU analysts, CIRTS/CERTS, Ministry of Justice and Judicial Academies.

The meeting was opened by Ms. Jutta Pomoell-Segurola, representative of the European Commission, DG NEAR, who stressed the importance of cooperation at both local and international levels as well as the cooperation with private sector.

Alexander SEGER, Head of Cybercrime Division of the Council of Europe, emphasized the global impact of COVID-19, that has pushed for a more digitalized world. More than ever, people have relied on information and number of cybercrime cases challenged the authorities tackling cybercrime. The role of domestic authorities dealing with cybercrime has become more than crucial at this time.

The PSC composition reflects the aim of providing the best possible cross-section of views, to enhance the planning efforts and enable information sharing, and to facilitate coordination and collaboration in the field.

The next PSC is planned to take place in November 2020.