On 11 January 2013, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, participated at the inauguration of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague.
The EC3 will focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups, especially attacks targeting e-banking and other online financial activities, online child sexual exploitation and those crimes that affect the critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU.
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||Exterior views of the European Cybercrime Centre in the Hague (2 shots)
||Interior views of the centre (2 shots)
||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs
||Cecilia Malmström (2 shots)
||Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Cecilia Malmström and Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague
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||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): Some people might ask why we need a cybercrime centre in Europe. The short answer is to protect the open and free Internet.
New technologies have become an important part of the everyday lives of EU citizens, companies, organisations and authorities. We use Facebook and Skype to communicate with friends and family.
Our banks have moved their offices online. Furthermore, we manage our highways and power supplies electronically, and authorities communicate important information to citizens on the Internet.
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||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): Setting up of EC³ does not come for free. I still mean that, and will certainly continue to fight for more resources to EC³ in every way I can.
And despite these difficult economic times, I'm optimistic that we will succeed.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): As of today, the EC³ will strive to be the European focal point in the fight against cybercrime, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a strong team of highly-qualified personnel.
The Centre will fulfil its mission by helping Member States to dismantle and disrupt more cybercrime networks.
||General view of the conference
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): What the Centre is kicking off today is not starting from zero; It has already a quite big amount of experts here and it has the tradition and the competences of Europol that has already in the past contributed to revealing in national networks, criminal networks; what is important is of course that Member States feel comfortable in sharing information because these organised groups that we will focus on here are across borders; big organised groups can only be dismantled if we share information that we have in each Member States; so that is the key challenge right now but we have indication that Member States are really keen on doing this because no country can address those challenges alone.
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||Cecilia Malmström visiting the centre (10 shots)