FBI, Bulgaria Designate Cybercrime as Top Priority

Diplomacy | December 8, 2011, Thursday // 11:51|  views

FBI Director, Robert Mueller (center) met in Sofia with Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov (right) and his Deputy and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

The fight against cybercrime is deemed top priority for both the Bulgarian cabinet and the US FBI, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Tsvetanov spoke for the media at the building of the Council of Ministries after meeting with FBI Director, Robert Mueller, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria Thursday.

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and the Chief Secretary of the Interior, Kalin Georgiev, also met with Mueller.

Tsvetanov said he harbored strong conviction that in 2012 FBI employees will be on location in Bulgaria to offer assistance to the cybercrime unit within Bulgaria's Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP).

The Bulgarian Minister and the FBI Head have further discussed an upcoming training on cybercrime. Tsvetanov reminded that an academy for the training of policemen, investigators, prosecutors, and magistrates has been established in the country with the assistance of the US Embassy in Sofia and the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Tsvetanov and Mueller have also discussed the successful joint operations and the future ones.

"What matters to me most is that we share a full mutual trust. The very fact the FBI Head is in Sofia today means so much for the country's law enforcement," the Minister concluded and thanked all colleagues from the entire security sector who contribute to the great partnership.

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