New EU Report Takes Stand in Fight Against Organised Crime
The European Union (EU) is serious about dealing with the threat of organised crime. The EU Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) is a recently released report developed to help in strategic decision making when it comes to the prioritising of organised crime threats. Europe has seen a growing level of empowerment and sophistication in across its borders. The SOCTA utilises strategic analysis of current law enforcement information regarding criminal activities and how it’s affecting the EU. The report is broken down carefully, looking at and analyzing Key Judgments, Crime Enablers, Crime Areas and Organised Crime Groups. It finishes with Conclusions, Future Considerations and Recommended Priorities. The overall goal of the report is making Europe safer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe report looks to encourage cooperation between national law enforcement agencies, EU agencies and EU institutions and all relevant partners in the battle against serious organised crime and all its criminal activities. The EU has estimated there are roughly 3600 organised crime groups operating in Europe. Between their utilisation of global transport and the rapid expansion of the Internet and mobile communication, the growth of organised crime has gone international, leading to heterogeneous groups that can no longer be defined by ethnicity or nationality. Their international trade gives them empowerment and freedom within the EU. Law enforcement and government must find ways to curtail these enterprises, circumventing organised crime’s confidence and control. The SOCTA reviews and highlights the potential trends and issues regarding organised crime that the EU needs to confront, drawing attention to the need for further analysis and attention. It looks to give policy makers, European law enforcement agencies and legislators critical comparative data for steps toward dealing with organised crime effectively and efficiently. Alongside legislation like Framework Decision on Joint Investment Teams and the Council Decision in place, the SOCTA opens up the range of national and multi-national projects and programmes developed to facilitate cooperation in the fight against organised crime.