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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 18356)  

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Title Regional Conference on Cybercrime 
Description Participants from 12 countries mainly from Central and south-eastern Europe toreview the effectiveness of the national legislation, strengthen regional and international cooperation, share experience and good practices. 
Status Completed 
Date 19/03/2007 - 21/03/2007 
Location Belgrade, Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - PACO-Serbia
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP PACO-Serbia - Project against economic crime    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 3 - 2005/DG1/JP/1624   PACO-Serbia - Improvement of detection and prevention of cyber crime
Expected Result 3.1 - Networking for the implementation of the COE Cybercrime Convention: Co-operation between policy-makers, state bodies, business community, industry (including the international service providers) and civil society strengthened in view of the implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185).
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.3 – Strengthening the security of European citizens
Programme ☆ II.3.2  European standards for crime control
Project 2004/DG1/143 Effective measures to fight economic crime and cybercrime
Expected Result 2 Increased adoption at world level of the standards contained in the Convention on cybercrime and its Protocol (ETS No.-s 185 and 189) and increased ratifications and signatures. Technical assistance to enable states to fight cybercrime.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) DG I Legal Affairs (Crime Problems Department)
CoE Contact DE CORDES, Jean-Charles   email
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 18356) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To discuss the current state of cybercrime legislation, the functioning of international cooperation against cybercrime, including the creation of 24/7 points of contact, questions related to the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes as well as public-private partnerships.

Output/Results These issues were discussed against the background of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185) and the Additional Protocol on the Criminalisation of Acts of a Racist and Xenophobic Nature Committed through Computer Systems (ETS 189). Discussions on the state of cybercrime legislation showed that a range of substantive and procedural measures have been introduced in participating countries in recent years which meet many of the requirements of the Convention, as reflected in the example of Romania. The harmonisation of national legislation with the Convention still needs to be completed in some of the countries. This is particular true for international cooperation and procedural law provisions. With regard to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime considerable progress has been made in terms of specialisation and skills. Good practice includes the examples of France, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom. Important efforts are also underway in Serbia – where a cybercrime prosecutor and court department have been appointed and the creation of a cybercrime investigation unit is underway – and other countries of South-eastern Europe.
The establishment of 24/7 points of contact is considered a very useful way of facilitating international cooperation as shown by the experience of the G8 24/7 Network and as required under Article 35 of the Convention on Cybercrime. Such contact points have been created in most of the participating, including Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia“ and the United Kingdom. Serbia has designated a temporary contact point. The establishment of a contact point is underway in Albania. Bosnia and Herzegovina is encouraged to make a decision in the very near future. Participants underlined the need for coherence between the contact points participating in the G 8 network and those established under the Convention. The main role of these contact points is to facilitate international cooperation and support police cooperation. However, this needs to be backed up by efficient legal cooperation through the competent authorities for mutual legal assistance and extradition.
The need for public-private partnerships was clearly recognised by all participants. Presentations by representatives of the Association of Internet Service Providers of Serbia and Microsoft pointed at the opportunities that such partnerships can offer to both public and private institutions.

In sum, participants underlined the need for a clear legal basis and effective cooperation against cybercrime at all levels – national, inter-agency, public-private and international – and the importance of the Convention on Cybercrime and its Protocol in this respect. The exchange of experience and the contacts established during the Conference helped enhance such cooperation.

Participants agreed to complete the draft Directory on 24/7 contact points and authorities for judicial cooperation as well as the questionnaire on cybercrime legislation (including copies of relevant legislation), and send it to the Secretariat of the Council of Europe by 5 April 2007.

Conclusions/Follow Up In Serbia, action is being taken to amend criminal legislation, and the process of ratification of the Convention is expected to be completed in the very near future. The other countries participating in or contributing to the Conference are encouraged to ratify the Convention as soon as possible, namely Germany, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The Council of Europe has been requested to support workshops on cybercrime legislation in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in the second half of 2007.
Participants also took note of the forthcoming Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime (11-12 June 2007) and the 2nd meeting of the Cybercrime Convention Committee, T-CY (13-14 June) which will be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and which will provide further opportunities to strengthen common efforts against cybercrime.

Participants Representatives from 16 countries and from international organisations and private sector bodies. 
Consultants/Experts M. Gercke, C. Schulman, V. Stanca, I. Albani, H. Lamb 
CoE Secretariat A. Seger, T. peshovska 
Total No. Participants 70 
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