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Estonia Supports Council of Europe’s Fight Against Cybercrime


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the abuse of cyberspace is a global problem and ensuring cyber security is of vital importance in international co-operation. “The only functioning international instrument for preventing and hindering cybercrimes is the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime,” said Paet. “Spreading the ideology of the anti-cybercrime convention across the globe is important to Estonia, and with this goal in mind we have decided to donate 10 000 euros to support the Council of Europe’s anti-cybercrime project,” he added.

Paet said that through the anti-cybercrime project, the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime will be introduced all over the world and countries will receive help in joining the convention. “Even if the country doesn’t plan to formally join the convention, it will be given legal aid for bringing its regulations into accordance with the convention,” he added.

From 12-13 April this year, the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime will be celebrated in Budapest. Estonia is among the countries that initiated the development of the convention, which came into force in 2004, and its additional protocols. Today the convention has come into force in 30 countries.

The project to fight cybercrime was approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2006. The project has three main purposes: to help countries prepare regulations based on the convention, provide aid to countries in strengthening their legal systems for the fight against cybercrime, and developing the capabilities of those working in law for international communication during both everyday and crisis situations.


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