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Bucharest to host CoE Cybercrime Combat Office


The Council of Europe gave a positive response to Bucharest's request to host the Council of Europe Cybercrime Combat Office intended to fight cybercrime, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland declared in a joint press statement with Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who is currently in Strasbourg.

We are closely working with Romania on several aspects. I was recently in Bucharest, a visit that was very constructive and led to some very good results. For instance, today we said: CoE is ready to give a positive response to the Romanian Government's offer to have the Cybercrime Combat Office headquartered in Bucharest, said Thorbjorn Jagland.

In its 'Data Breach Investigations Report' published on Tuesday, telecommunications company Verizon ranks Romania second in the world as source of data breaches. According to the document, over 58% of attacks launched on the Internet originate in China and Romania. Although China is the most active country in cybercrime, the attacks launched from here are made for online espionage. Romania, on the other hand is responsible for 28% of financial cybercrimes, the report states.

Prime Minister Ponta and Thorbjorn Jagland also discussed the Law on property restitution, with the CoE Secretary General pointing out that he has previously discussed the matter during his visit to Romania on March 20 - 21, and praising the passage of the law. On April 17 the Government assumed responsibility before Parliament for this act.

Thorbjorn Jagland said he also tackled with Victor Ponta the Roma issue and the replication, with school mediators, of the project carried out at Bucharest School No. 136.

We discussed how we can use a partnership between the EU, Romania and CoE to get more results for Roma ethnics through concrete activities on site, said Thorbjorn Jagland.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta participates on Wednesday in the works of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in Strasbourg - France; on this occasion he will address the PACE plenary meeting and also hold a series of meetings.