In August 2019, the EU and ASEAN reaffirmed their joint commitment to fight transnational crime, particularly cybercrime, and enhance efforts towards improving cybersecurity. Work is now underway to develop EU-ASEAN dialogue and cooperation aimed at securing an open, secure, stable and accessible information and communication technology (ICT) environment, consistent with international and domestic laws.
In support of these objectives, the EU is cosponsoring a workshop on the protection of critical ICT infrastructure in the framework of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and between 2020 and 2022, the EU will be co-chairing the ARF Inter-Sessional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime.
Cooperation is also being promoted between EUROPOL and ASEANAPOL to facilitate exchanges of good practices and expertise in key areas of interest such as counter-terrorism, fighting transnational crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. In 2017, the EURASEAN Investigative Network on Combating Cyber Fraud was launched and several activities have since been organised to address payment card fraud.
The development of formal and informal networks for sharing best practices and incident information is central to the EU’s objectives in all these initiatives, along with leveraging EU expertise to increase trust and enhance regional, trans-regional and international cooperation.