Strengthened Capacities of Criminal Police Department and Special Prosecution Office for Combating High-Tech Crime and public awareness

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Coordinated by the Austrian Agency for European Integration and implemented through the latter in collaboration with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), this project is improving the human and legal capacities of Serbian Criminal Police Department and Special Prosecution Office for Combating High-Tech Crime and public awareness.



This project aims to strengthen the professional capacities of Serbia’s Criminal Police Directorate, Service for combatting organized crime, Department for Combatting High-Tech Crime and Special Prosecution Office for High-Tech Crime.


The project is carried out in order to contribute to meeting the EU accession requirements under Chapter 24 of the Acquis – Justice, freedom and security and to contribute to strengthening legislative framework and institutional capacities, for fulfilling the requirements of EU membership.


The project is divided into two major outcomes


  • Capacity building for Criminal Police Department and Special Prosecution Office in combating cybercrime

Under this component, the project team will work to enhance the capacities of Serbian institutions involved in the fight against cybercrime, improving the staff knowledge and competences in dealing with this type of crime through trainings and training-of trainers.

A training needs analysis will be conducted and a minimum of 40 specialised trainings will be delivered to staff from the Ministry of Interior, Public Prosecutor’s office and other competent agencies in Serbia. Additionally a number of trainings and workshops will be organised for children and legal guardians as well as schools, relating to the fight against child sexual abuse through cyber-means and aiming to reach a minimum of 100 children per training. Trainings will also be organised for the judicial academy, and its curriculum will be analysed and revised to cover cybercrime as a topic.

Awareness raising of the need for a “cybersecurity culture” will also be covered through publications such as manuals, and promotional materials such as flyers and stickers.


  • Strengthening institutional, analytical and legal framework to fight against cybercrime:

Under this second component, legal analyses and assessments on relevant topics related to fight against cybercrime and cyber related crimes will be produced and a number of workshops will be conducted to present recommendations on this topic to identified relevant stakeholders. The existing legislation and regulatory framework in Serbia will be reviewed and recommendations for amendments will be drafted, aiming to harmonize it with the EU and international standards. A number of related bylaws in relation to fight cybercrime and cyber related crimes prepared for amendment.

Additionally, the institutional framework for new competences of bodies engaging in the fight against cybercrime will be enhanced through a functional analysis in line with the law for required competences, and the drafting of amendment recommendations.

Other relevant links

Serbia: “Strengthened capacities (human and legal) of Criminal Police Department and Special Prosecution Office for Combating High-Tech Crime and public awareness” (

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