Council Conclusions on improving criminal justice in cyberspace



9 June 2016


The Council of the European Union


On 9 June 2016, EU Justice ministers adopted two sets of conclusions which set out practical measures to improve cooperation, as well as a timeline for further action in three main areas of work, namely:

  • streamlining mutual legal assistance (MLA) proceedings and, where applicable, mutual recognition related to cyberspace, through the use of standardised electronic forms and tools;
  • improving cooperation with service providers, through the development of a common framework (e.g. use of aligned forms and tools) with them to request specific categories of data;
  • launching a reflection process on possible connecting factors for enforcement jurisdiction in cyberspace.
  • formalisation and enhancing of the European Judicial Cybercrime Network, the network of judicial authorities and experts in the field of cybercrime, supported by Eurojust. The objective of the network is to facilitate the exchange of expertise, best practices and other relevant knowledge and experience on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.