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Estonia Supports Council of Europe’s Fight Against Cybercrime


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the Council of Europe’s fight against cybercrime and would like its expansion to as many countries as possible.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, cyber security and prevention of cyber threats is an important topic for all of the world’s states. “Misuse of cyberspace is a global problem and international cooperation is key to ensuring cyber security,” noted Paet. “The Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime is currently the only internationally binding agreement for the obstruction and prevention of cybercrime. The application of its principles and its global spreading are important to us and for this reason we support the activity of the Council of Europe,” he added.

The Council of Europe’s convention is also open to be joined by those countries who are not members of the organization, and some have already used this opportunity. “We invite all countries who have not yet joined the convention to do so,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe approved the initiation of a Council of Europe project in 2006. The aim of the project is to introduce the Convention on Cybercrime to the world and to assist other countries in joining it.

Estonia was among the countries which initiated the development of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime, which came into force in 2004, and it’s Additional Protocol. By today, the convention has come into force in 40 states.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports the Council of Europe’s anti-cybercrime project with 10,000 Euros.

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