New project: iPROCEEDS-2 to be launched
Following exchange of signatures between the European Union and the Council of Europe in December 2019, the joint project of European Union and Council of Europe on targeting crime proceeds on the Internet in South-eastern Europe and Turkey – iPROCEEDS-2 – will commence on 1 January 2020 and will continue working with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo*.
iPROCEEDS-2 is based on the previous joint capacity building efforts of the EU and the Council of Europe, in the framework of iPROCEEDS project, building on the results already achieved, it will concentrate on targeted support under the following project areas:
- Legislation regarding securing electronic evidence and access to data in full respect of fundamental rights and freedoms, including privacy and personal data protection.
- Alignment with EU and Council of Europe personal data protection standards.
- Promotion of cybercrime and cybersecurity policies and strategies.
- Interagency and public/private cooperation for investigation of cybercrime and proceeds from crime online.
- Public reporting systems on online fraud and other cybercrime offences.
- Judicial training on cybercrime and electronic evidence and related financial investigations and antimoney laundering measures.
- International cooperation and information sharing for investigation of cybercrime and proceeds from crime online.
The bulk of activities will target specific needs of individual project countries and areas and complement regional events.
The project will be implemented for 42 months, with a budget of EUR 4, 945, 000, where 90% of funds are provided by the European Union and 10% represents the Council of Europe contribution. Dedicated project team at the Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe (Bucharest, Romania) will support the implementation of the project in close partnership with EU institutions and agencies, national project teams and project partners.
*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.