What is the problem? Cybercrime can not be tackled in Europe without cooperative national alert platforms.

To fight cybercrime, Member States should set up a national alert platform. If they have already done so, they should work together with similar platforms in other Member States. All alert platforms in the Member States should adopt appropriate technology to share reported information easily and quickly with each other.

Why is EU action necessary? Cooperation between Member States helps to fight cross-border cybercrime

Member States should develop websites which could serve as a one-stop-shop for the public who can play an active role in reporting illicit online activity. These websites could in addition compile statistics on alerts, thus tracking the development of cybercrime at national level. (See also action 30 and action 31)

What has the European Commission done so far?

In 2011

  • Encouraged the establishment of national alert platforms in Member States.

In 2012:

  • Assisted Member States when integrating their alert platforms in the Europol cybercrime platform.

What will the European Commission do now?

In 2013:

  • Will encourage and work with the European Cybercrime Centre to coordinate with Member States to create structures for sharing information towards combating cybercrime at EU level.