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Signing of a Letter of Intent to establish a regional Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre

A trilateral Letter of Intent was signed in Podgorica between the ministries of foreign affairs of Slovenia, France and Montenegro on the establishment of a regional Western Balkans Cyber Capacity Centre (WB3C; Centre de développement des Capacités Cyber des Balkans Occidentaux - 3CBO) at the Science and Technology Park of Montenegro, which is part of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica.
Representatives of the three ministries after signing the letter

Representatives of the three ministries after signing the letter | Author Vlada Črne gore

The idea of a regional centre draws on the French experience of setting up similar centres in Africa, and the establishment of the Centre in the Western Balkans was conceived in close cooperation between Slovenia and France. The Centre will strengthen the operational and structural capacities of the Western Balkan countries in the fight against cybercrime, enhance the structures and models for strengthening the cyber resilience of institutions and ensure the protection of information systems’ critical infrastructure. The Centre’s activities will also engage academic institutions in the region, as well as in Slovenia and France.

By participating in the establishment of the Centre, Slovenia is delivering on its commitment to support the European perspective for the Western Balkans and the cooperation between all regional stakeholders in the fight against cyber threats.

The Centre will primarily be dedicated to providing training for regional experts on cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber diplomacy and personal data protection (train the trainer model). Its activities will focus on the exchange of best practices between experts in the region.

The Centre is expected to become operational, with specific programmes, in the first half of 2023.