The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC)

13 Dec 2017 to 15 Dec 2017

Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of European Union (EU) from July to December 2017 and the Estonian Ministries of Justice and Interior chair the Board of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) over this period.

ECPA has been since the start of the EUCPN one of the essential events of the Network and in 2017 reaches the important milestone of the 20th anniversary. The best three projects from all of the projects nominated to the ECPA will be chosen by the jury and awarded in total with 20 000 euros. All the participants of the ECPA will have chance to present their project during the BPC. Overall, a thematic toolbox will be drawn up and published by the EUCPN Secretariat.

The ECPA/ BPC events will be held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia

  • the opening public lecture (afternoon of 13.12.2017),
  • the 2-day best practice conference (14.-15.12.2017) and
  • the ECPA 2017 awards and 20th anniversary ceremony (evening of 14.12.2017).


Focus on the 'Cyber Safety'

The theme for the 2017 conference and call for projects is 'Cyber Safety'.

Cybercrime is a real and growing threat that impacts the EU´s internal security as digitalising society unavoidably becomes more vulnerable to new cyber threats. The Estonian Presidency is committed to make the fight against cybercrime even more effective as foreseen in the renewed Internal Security Strategy and in the EU Policy Cycle for both the 2014-2017 period and the 2018-2021 period. The Estonian Presidency will continue these discussions on strengthening the EU´s response to cyber threats in Council preparatory bodies. Related to this, the literacy of the people and communities of the EU must be better in order to respond to malicious cyber activities. Overall one of the the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is A digital Europe and the free movement of data.

Under the EUCPN, the Presidency will focus on the reduction and prevention of cybercrimes in the communities as a priority. This means, that projects submitted to the ECPA 2017 should be in line with EU Policy Cycle priorities to combat cybercrimes committed by organized crime groups and generating large criminal profits and related to the EU crime priority ‘Cybercrime (card fraud)’ or EU crime priority ‘Cyber Attacks’. For example, the projects could raise issues around cyber hygiene such as combating organised forms of cybercrimes and raising awareness, including threats caused by the use of internet and smart devices.

Hereby the Estonian Presidency invites the member states to share their experiences on reduction and prevention of cybercrime. The projects for ECPA 2017 should be submitted in English to the EUCPN Secretariat (, through the national representative to the EUCPN. The deadline to submit the projects is 16th October 2017.

Opening public lecture

Keynote speech will be delivered by professor Alisdair Gillespie (Lancaster University) in a separate event on the afternoon of 13 December in the form of a public lecture to all the interested counterparts, incl. all the international/national guests attending the conference, students from different universities in Tallinn and also specialists and practitioners working on the field in Estonia and also in EU.

Best Practice Conference (BPC)

First day of the conference is dedicated to the overview of the best practice projects from Europe, which are nominated to the ECPA (usually around 19-23 projects implemented usually either by public sector, private sector, academia or NGOs). In the evening of the first conference day, the ECPA 2017 winners will be made public and the 20th anniversary of ECPA will be celebrated.

Second day of the conference consist of summary conclusions from the first day and a panel discussion which will be moderated by one of the Estonian Police web constables. The panelists will  share their experiences and views on the theme of ‘Cyber Safety’. The representatives from EU institutions (Europol, ENISA), social media (Facebook) and Estonian authorities (Police and Border Guard Board and Information System Authority) will take part of the panel. 

Documents regarding the Call for projects


For more information, please contact the EUCPN Secretariat

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