EU4Digital: Improving Cyber Resilience in the Eastern Partnership Countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
  • Duration: 2019-2022
  • EU contribution: €7 million

The programme will contribute to improving the cyber-resilience and criminal justice response of EaP Partner countries and will focus on two key building blocks. First, the development of technical and cooperation mechanisms that increase cybersecurity and preparedness against cyber-attacks, and second, the full implementation of an effective framework to combat cybercrime.


The objective of the programme is to increase and enhance the cyber-resilience and criminal justice capacities of the Eastern Partner countries to better address the challenges of cyber threats and improve their overall security. 


The project carries out the following activities:

Cybersecurity EAST (implemented by a consortium led by GFA Consulting Group)

  • To strengthen the national cybersecurity governance and legal framework across the EaP countries, including through:
  • Capacity building
    – Support to amendment or development of legislative framework
    – Training and mentoring on cyber threats and response, human rights, data protection safeguards and oversight mechanisms
    – Cooperation with private sector service providers
    – Public awareness raising
  • To strengthen the protection of critical information infrastructure in the EaP countries, including through:
    – Technical assistance for national critical information infrastructure
    – Support for development of action plans and processes for the protection of critical information infrastructure
    – Technical assistance and training for the development of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection systems 
  • To increase the operational capacities for cybersecurity incidents management in the EaP countries, including through: –
    Organisation of joint cyber incident management meetings, table-top exercises and mock operations to simulate a cyber-attack situation
    – Joint cyber operations and investigations
    – Supporting inter-agency and trans-national cooperation in actual cyber incidents
    – Supporting and consolidating existing regional networks 

Cybercrime (implemented by the Council of Europe)

  • Legislative and policy frameworks and compliance with the Budapest Convention, including through:
    – Assessment of compliance with Budapest Convention on Cybercrime through country assessments
    – Contribution to the development/update of cybercrime strategies and action plans
    – Preparation of country and regional reports on cybercrime and cybersecurity trends and threats
    – High-level regional and national meetings of criminal justice authorities and policy makers to assess key issues
  • Reinforcement of the capacities of judicial and law enforcement authorities and interagency cooperation, including through:
    – Assessment of the institutional setup, capacities, competencies, training needs as well as interagency cooperation gaps and opportunities for cybercrime units in region
    – Contribution to update and/or development of training plans for cybercrime units
    – Training sessions, case simulation exercises and mock trials on cybercrime investigations and digital forensics
    – Development of agreed procedures for cybercrime/incident reporting and sharing of data by Computer Security Incidents Response Teams (CSIRTs) with criminal justice authorities 
  • To increase efficient international cooperation and trust on criminal justice, cybercrime and electronic evidence, including between service providers and law enforcement, including through:
    – Development of guidelines for mutual legal assistance requests for criminal cases involving cybercrime and electronic evidence
    – Workshops, trainings and simulations for improvement of skills, set-up and competencies of 24/7 points of contact
    – Training sessions for cybercrime units and prosecutors on use of templates for international requests for data preservation and subscriber information
    – Case simulation exercises developing skills for international cooperation on cybercrime
    – Support for cooperation agreements between law enforcement and criminal justice authorities
    – Workshops for development of standard templates and procedures for access to data held by private sector entities
    – Support to public-private dialogue on cooperation 

CyberEast project website