The Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe (C-PROC) in Bucharest, Romania is responsible for assisting countries worldwide in strengthening their legal systems capacity to respond to the challenges posed by cybercrime and electronic evidence on the basis of the standards of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. This includes support for:
- Strengthening legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence in line with rule of law and human rights (including data protection) standards
- Training judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers
- Establishing specialized cybercrime and forensic units and improving interagency cooperation
- Promoting public/private cooperation
- Protecting children against sexual violence online
- Enhancing the effectiveness of international cooperation
C-PROC, with its capacity building function, complements the work of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) through which State Parties follow the implementation of the Budapest Convention.
The international community has reached broad agreement on capacity building as an effective approach to help societies meet the rising challenge of cybercrime.
The Council of Europe has been assisting societies worldwide in the implementation of the Budapest Convention through a range of projects since 2006. The establishment of C-PROC provides the Council of Europe with the infrastructure to respond to growing demands for assistance in an effective manner. All capacity building activities on cybercrime of the Council of Europe worldwide are now managed from this Office.
C-PROC is an important part of the international response to cybercrime.
Further to an offer by the Government of Romania, in October 2013, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers decided to establish the Programme Office.
On 15 October 2013, the Government of Romania and the Council of Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect. The law ratifying this Memorandum was passed by the Parliament of Romania in March 2014 and published in the Official Gazette on 2 April 2014. The Memorandum of Understanding entered into force on 7 April 2014 and the C-PROC thus became operational on that day.
Source: Council of Europe
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