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Action 41: Member States to set up national alert platforms

The action aimed at Member States to set-up or adapt national alert platforms to the Europol cybercrime platform, by 2012, starting in 2010.

The Commission is helping Member States to integrate the national alert platforms into the EC3 Cybercrime centre (see Actions 30 and 31). The European Cybercrime centre was  launched in January 2013.

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.

In 2013:

  • European Cybercrime Centre launched in January 2013.

What will the European Commission do next?

  • 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.
Progress Report
Status: Completed Gustav Kalbe Gustav Kalbe