European Cyber Crime Center Opened

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström on Friday opened the European Cyber Crime Center (EC³) at The Hague in Netherlands.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Cecilia said the EC³ would strive to be the European focal point in fighting cybercrime, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a strong team of highly-qualified personnel.

She vowed that the Center would fulfill its mission by helping Member-States to dismantle and disrupt more cybercrime networks. It will develop detection and forensic tools for cybercrime investigators, provide specialized threat assessments, as well as offer more focused training for law enforcement, judges and prosecutors.

Fraud, intrusion and Internet-related abuse of children are therefore amongst the crimes that will be targeted in the initial phase.

Together with the U.S., the European Union recently launched a Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Online. Forty-eight countries so far have agreed to step up their efforts to fight this crime. "I count on EC³ to be an important facilitator for the EU in this work," Cecilia said.

"This is a good day for Europe," she said, adding that "by inaugurating the EC³, we send a signal to the cyber criminals that we will go after them. And by 'we' I mean 27 Member- States together with the EU institutions, as well as industry, academia and civil society. Never before has the EU responded in such a strong way."

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