Cybercrime and other cyber-enabled offences involving electronic evidence remain major challenges for societies of the EaP region. Likewise, attacks against and by means of computers emanating from those countries are of concern to other geographical areas including the EU Member States.
These crimes consist, inter alia, of the theft of personal data, fraud and other types of financial crime, distributed denial of service attacks or website defacements against media, civil society, individuals or public institutions, as well as attacks against critical infrastructure and others. In this regard, cooperation at all levels is essential. Countries of the EaP have committed to implement the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime as a framework for domestic measures and for international cooperation on cybercrime and access to electronic evidence. All countries – with the exception of Belarus – are Parties to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and are thus members of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY). It is therefore an international obligation for them to implement and comply with it.
The European Union and the Council of Europe supported Eastern Partnership countries between 2011 and 2014 through the [email protected] I project. Two follow up projects, [email protected] II and [email protected] III, were launched in May and December 2015, with focus respectively on international cooperation and public-private partnerships on cybercrime and electronic evidence. [email protected] 2018 project, launched in January 2018 as one-year extension [email protected] II and III projects, focused on the same subjects of international and publicprivate cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence.
Objective of the project
CyberEast project is a direct follow-up to previous capacity building efforts in the Eastern Partnership and continues to build upon similar themes – strong legislative framework implementing the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, enabling efficient regional and international cooperation, and improving public/private cooperation regarding cybercrime and electronic evidence in the Eastern Partnership region.
- Immediate Outcome 1 of the project aims at adoption and further improvement of legislative and policy frameworks compliant to the Budapest Convention as well as rerlated standards, such as Istanbul and Lanzarote Conventions.
- Immediate Outcome 2 of the project seeks to reinforce the capacities of judicial and law enforcement authorities and interagency cooperation, seeking to encompass all criminal justice stakeholders in the EaP countries into coherent, sustainable and skills-oriented experience sharing and training framework.
- Immediate Outcome 3 of the Project pursues the increase of efficient international cooperation and trust on criminal justice, cybercrime and electronic evidence, as well as trust between criminal justice and private entities.
Organized by joint European Union and Council of Europe CyberEast project in cooperation with CyberSecurity EAST project funded by the EU, the surveys and overall research effort in the Eastern Partnership region primarily contributes to Output 1.1 of the project (National action plans or similar strategic documents regarding criminal justice response to cybercrime and electronic evidence developed) as well as simultaneous impact on improved public communication and transparency on cybercrime action (Output 2.4) and reinforcing mechanisms for trusted cooperation (Output 2.5) through assessment of reporting mechanisms.
Results of surveys will be shared only with respective countries (regional publication will be discussed separately) and will be used to further contribute to other reporting efforts (e.g. iOCTA) as well as for shaping policies, strategies and capacity building response on cybercrime and electronic evidence in the near and mid-term.
Deadline for tendering 16 August 2021