GLACY+ (Global Action on Cybercrime Extended) (*GFCE Initiative)


GFCE Code: GI-07

Status: Ongoing

From: Mar 2016

To: Feb 2024



General information

The GLACY+ Project (Global Action on Cybercrime Extended), launched in October 2016, is a joint project between the European Union and the Council of Europe. financed under the Instrument Contributing to Peace and Stability and implemented by the Council of Europe, with the overall objective of strengthening the capacities of States worldwide to apply legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence and enhance their abilities for effective international cooperation in this area.

Priority Countries

The Project has 15 priority countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tonga), which may serve as hubs to disseminate and multiplicate the effect of the project in their respective regions. Leveraging on the regional outreach of the hubs, GLACY+ has been supporting a number of additional countries, in particular in what concerns legislative compliance between national legislation and the Budapest Convention.

Target Groups

Institutions: national authorities/policy and decision makers, legislators, government representatives, criminal justice authorities including law enforcement agencies, judges, prosecutors, national training academies;

Donors and partners: the European Commission along with relevant EU institutions and agencies, including EU Delegations in project countries; project partners, including implementing partner – INTERPOL;

Interested parties: Embassies of EU member states and project countries, other relevant international organisations; private sector; academic community;

Society at large: local and international (when possible) mass-media; general public.

Overall objective

To prevent and fight organised crime, in particular cybercrime, in line with international legal instruments and human rights norms, standards and good practices.

Specific objective

To strengthen the capacities of States worldwide to apply legislation on cybercrime and electronic evidence and enhance their abilities for effective international cooperation in this area, while assuring compliance with international human rights standards and the rule of law.


  1. To promote the adoption and implementation of consistent cybercrime legislation, policies and strategies.
  2. To strengthen the due-process compliant capacities and operational skills of police authorities to investigate cybercrime and engage in effective police-to-police cooperation with each other as well as with cybercrime units in Europe and other regions.
  3.  To enable criminal justice authorities to apply legislation and prosecute and adjudicate cases of cybercrime and electronic evidence in compliance with international human rights law and engage in international cooperation.


  • Cybercrime policies and strategies are strengthened in supported countries, including relevant aspects of cybersecurity and partnerships with private sector, and experience is shared with further countries.
  • Policy dialogue and cooperation on cybercrime enhanced between priority countries and their regions, international and regional organisations, and synergies maximized with EU-funded projects developed in project areas.
  • Legislation on cybercrime electronic evidence and related data protection provisions are strengthened in line with the Budapest Convention and its Protocols as well as rule of law and human rights standards in priority countries and reforms initiated in additional countries.
  • Assessments/cyber reviews (initial and final) of law enforcement capacities available for priority countries.
  • Cybercrime and computer forensics units strengthened in priority countries and experience shared with other countries.
  • Law enforcement training strategies available in priority countries, including access to ECTEG training materials.
  • Law enforcement officers trained in basic cybercrime investigations and computer forensics as well as related rule of law requirements.
  • International police-to-police cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence is more effective.
  • Interagency cooperation strengthened amongst cybercrime units, financial investigators and financial intelligence units in the search, seizure and confiscation of online crime proceeds.
  • Assessments of criminal justice capabilities available for priority countries.
  • Judicial training academies in priority countries are providing training on cybercrime and electronic evidence as part of their regular curricula and experience has been shared with other countries.
  •  Institutions strengthened and procedures improved for international judicial cooperation related to cybercrime and electronic evidence in supported countries and experience shared with other countries.
  •  Training centres, academic institutions and other entities providing criminal justice capacity building programs with a regional scope are strengthened and training on cybercrime and electronic evidence is streamlined in the respective curricula.


Examples of activities

More information can be found in the attachment on GLACY+ activities in Africa (2017-2020).

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