Cooperation against Cybercrime

11-12 June 2007, Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, France

Societies worldwide rely on information and communication technologies. However, the increasing dependency on such technologies is accompanied by a growing vulnerability to criminal intrusion and misuse. In response to these challenges the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185) in 2001 and the Protocol on the Criminalisation of Acts of a Racist and Xenophobic Nature Committed through Computer Systems (ETS 189) in 2003.

The aims of the Conference were:

  • to promote the use of the Cybercrime Convention and its Protocol as a guideline for the development of national legislation and practices;
  • to encourage wide and rapid ratification and accession to these treaties and their effective implementation;
    • to strengthen cooperation among different initiatives by enabling stakeholders to make better use of existing opportunities and to explore new ones.

The following issues were on the agenda:

  • The identification of new cybercrime threats
  • The effectiveness of cybercrime legislation
  • Initiatives of other organisations and stakeholders
  • Public-private partnerships
  • International cooperation and the functioning of 24/7 points of contact.


Some 140 representatives from 55 countries, international organisation as well as the private sector participated.

At the closure of the Conference a Summary of the discussions and presentations was discussed and adopted by participants.

The Conference was followed by the meeting of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) on 13 – 14 June 2007 at the same premises.

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