Joint Statement

The Ministry of Security in Bosnia and Herzegovina and American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a successful international conference on September 13, 2012 under the title “Balkan Security, Technology and Education. The challenges within cyber infrastructure” with an aim to identify current challenges in addressing cyber crime in the region and begin discussion on potential means of coordination in the field of cyber security. Seven Ministers of Interior/Security from the Western Balkans and Turkey agreed the following Joint Statement:


September 13th, 2012

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

"We, as ministers of Security/Internal Affairs of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey, gathered at the “Security of the Balkans, Technology and Education: The Challenges within the Cyber Infrastructure” conference, held in Sarajevo, BiH, on September 13th, 2012, with the goal of strengthening the cooperation in a fight against cybercrime;

EMPHASIZING our responsibility to the security of our citizens, the importance of a regional cooperation, mutual understanding and coordinated action for an effective prevention and repression of all forms of crime;

RECOGNIZING global security challenges, as well as the recognition of the necessity of joining forces and teamwork against internet and information technology threats, as well as recognizing that cyber crime presents a serious threat to individuals’ rights, protected by law, and threats to the state; are determined to raise the level of security and stability in the region through the progress of partnership on the political and the operative front, oriented towards the implementation of specific actions, and the achievement of effective, practical results;

EMPHASIZING the advantages of maintaining a continuing dialogue and the importance of further bettering existing contacts, and the interaction on the political and operative front in the area of internal security;

CERTAIN that the recognition of common goals will make it easier for the adoption of specific programs and measures, as well as the realization of necessary action; agree on the following:

- We will continue our cooperation in the fight against organized crime, terrorism, and corruption.

- We will especially strengthen our cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

- We will continue our communication through the organization of regular consultations, on the topic of cyber crime between internal affairs officials at least once-a-year.

- We will initiate the creation of common, analytical and strategic documents for the fight against, and the prevention of organized crime.

- We will realize common, special education and training of our officials in the fight against cybercrime.

- We will strengthen the partnership of law-making agencies with the private sector as well as educational institutions, with a goal of preventing and fighting cyber crime.

- We will encourage the stronger partnership between government, economy, education and security system within single countries in order to foster sustainable development and certain degree of similar collaboration at the regional level in order to promote the overall regional cooperation.

- We recognize the activity by the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina in their process of scientific content that deals with research and analysis of the cybercrime problem and their search for an effective solution to this phenomenon.