Europe Looks to Confront Organised Crime
It’s believed while a number of factors have contributed to the growth of organised crime in Europe, one in particular can be noted for its overall impact. The collapse of communism in 1989 is definitely considered a key component. The dramatic shift in politics and government left a deep and widening gap in the union, allowing criminal activity to grow in the shadows. It festered through the Treaties and is now an accepted part of the European landscape. With both politics and law enforcement realising and tackling the widespread criminal activity, they’ve watch these elements become highly sophisticated, using the newest and most advanced technology to grow in criminality. These criminal organisations have also put tremendous effort into adapting and exploiting the ever changing European political and economic climates. These organisations are involved in everything from money laundering, cybercrime, human slavery and firearms. What has really given organised crime its foothold is its business-like network. They easily operate across borders, forming alliances and establishing connections that only strengthen their positions and ability to maintain those positions. Forging these links between borders and countries allow them to broaden their markets, extending their operations and growth base.

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These criminal activities are a threat to all aspects of European society. The Council of Europe is actively seeking a viable approach against the continent’s growing organised crime contingent through standards and means of monitoring compliances within the standards. This would be done through entities like the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism. These processes would support an implementation of cooperative and technical projects. European legal systems and politics are looking at a criminal organisation growing so strong it has been referred to as a government in waiting. They struggle against the idea that it has become a beast on the verge of engulfing Europe’s democracy. It will certainly be interesting to monitor the situation and all the issues involved. It would be of benefit to the rest of the world if Europe did manage to implement measures that limited the power and influence of organised crime.