European Union (EU) Ambassador Franz Jessen underscored the need for international cooperation
and dialogue to address issues such as cybercrime.
During the Training of Trainers Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges,
Magistrates and Prosecutors of the Asean Region which opened yesterday morning in Manila, Jessen
said “cybercrime knows no borders, to fight it we need international cooperation”.
“We need international agreements. We need dialogues so that we find ways to learn from
each other especially as we have a shared objective in this fight against cybercrime”, he added.
Jessen expressed his appreciation to the Philippines for its efforts to join the Budapest
Convention during the last years, culminating with the passing of the Accession Instrument by the
Senate in February this year.
As soon as the Philippine Instrument of Accession is deposited at the Council of Europe
the Philippines will be the 57th party to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
He said the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is much more than one of the tools to
address online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The convention provides the framework for harmonized, common definitions in criminalizing
the cybercrime offenses as well as for the necessary procedural measures to provide law
enforcement to investigate cybercrime.
“Having common legal and procedural standards is the foundation of international judicial
cooperation, but the convention further facilitates this by providing mechanisms for rapid and
reliable international cooperation”.
These include the expedited preservation of computer data and the network of 24/7 points
of contact with designated central authorities in each member party to the convention.
Manuel Almeida Pereira, Global Action on Cybercrime + or GLACY+ (Project Manager, Council
of Europe) said the Council has made a series of training for high-profile people on cybercrime
to enable them to spread their knowledge to the region.
Crime has no face in this digital age, he said.
Started with a budget of € 3.35 million GLACY was a concrete output of this initiative to
support seven priority countries, among them the Philippines, to prepare for the accession to the
Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
Jessen said that given the Philippine commitment and its rich experience in the fight against
cybercrime, the Philippines functions as a hub within the project GLACY+.