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Cabinet paper lodged 21 May 2020. Cabinet minute dated 2 June 2020.
Extract from Cabinet Decision SWC-20-SUB-0053: Budapest Convention on Cybercrime: Approval to Initiate the First Stage Towards Accession (June 2020).
Approval to initiate the first stage towards accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime
1This paper seeks agreement in principle for New Zealand’s accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the Budapest Convention), and seeks approval to consult publicly to inform a further Cabinet decision.
2If the Committee agrees, we would invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs to send a letter to the Council of Europe Secretariat expressing interest in accession to the Convention. This is the first step of the accession process and would allow New Zealand to attend Convention meetings as an observer.
3Following the public consultation process, a second Cabinet paper will be submitted in late 2020. This paper will include the full policy decisions on acceding to the Budapest Convention for Cabinet’s consideration.