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Cybercrime policies/strategies

In January 2016 the Government of the Republic of Kosovo*, adopted the National Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2019, which aim to address the issue of cybersecurity in Kosovo* and continue to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection and cybersecurity state.  

They address the issue of cyber security in Kosovo* through five strategic objectives:

  1. Critical information infrastructure protection
  2. Institutional development and capacity building
  3. Building Public-Private-Partnerships
  4. Incident response
  5. International Cooperation

In January 2014 the Government adopted the National Strategy for the Prevention of and Fight against the Informal Economy, Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Financial Crimes (2014-2018). In 2019 a new Strategy was drafted for the period 2019 -2023, which is in its final stages of adoption. A multi-stakeholder working group has also been created as a coordination platform for the National Council of Cyber Security of Kosovo*. The draft Strategy is aiming to achieve two strategic objectives:

  1. To improve the quality of governance in the economy and rule of law in Kosovo*; and
  2. To increase the financial resources for public services as a result of additional tax revenues and from confiscation of illegal assets.


Specialised institutions

Specialized police cybercrime unit was created in the Kosovo* Police - Sector for Cybercrime Investigation, Directorate for Organized Crime Investigation.

Prosecution Service has no specialized unit and there is no such structure in the judiciary.

Regulatory Authority of Electronic and Postal Communications 9ARKEP) is the national regulatory authority in the field of electronic communications and postal services. ARKEP hosts the National Computer Emergency Response Team (KOS-CERT). The CERT is intended as a national CERT and various sectoral CERTs are envisaged to be established. An online platform was developed and is available to the public for reporting security incidents.

The National Agency for the Protection of Personal Data which is an independent agency is in charge of supervising the implementation of data protection rules.

Based on the National Strategy on Cyber Security in 2016, the National Council for Cyber Security was established.

Jurisprudence/case law

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Prosecution Service:




*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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