Preventing and Fighting Organised Crime
European bodies of government and law enforcement are actively looking for ways to deal with its growing organised preventingcrime threat. There is no denying the leaps  and bounds these criminal entities have taken, their fingers reaching into nearly every corner of the globe with the most devastating results occurring throughout Europe itself. A joint report issued by Commission Services and Europol suggested several ideas as the basis of a strategy to both combat and prevent organised crime. The Commission Services and Europol Towards a European Strategy to Prevent Organised Crime Report contained the following measures as foundations for fighting organised crime.

  • The analysis of organised crime through the development of a standard EU methodology.
  • National and European levels of study and research to set priorities for the prevention of organised crime.
  • A comprehensive study of organised crime indicators, risk profiles, characteristics and the establishment of a Directory at EU level.
  • The development of future oriented risk assessments at national and European levels.
  • Multi-disciplinary funding programme(s) designed for the prevention of crime.

Of course, this was back in 2001 and has been modified a number of times. Unfortunately, despite even the most ardent measures, Europe still fights and sees the growth of organised crime, with its potential to corrupt the political and economic infrastructure. The key issue is always going to be who or what should the target be and with what objectives in mind. Both reduction and prevention of these socially dangerous organisations will ultimately be founded in looking at particular forms of serious crimes with a focus on harmful acts and assaulting the formation of organised crime groups. The pursuit and prosecution of criminals in Europe still falls under the jurisdiction of the EU states. Their reach extends from law enforcement to crime prevention. The EU has prioritised its fight against organised crime with the foundations of the Stockholm Programme, its Action Plan and the Communication on the Internal Security Strategy.