About: Organised Crime

European police bust gang looting artifacts in Italy

European police have busted an international crime gang involved in trafficking tens of thousands of Greek archaeological artefacts looted from illegal excavations in Italy, law enforcement agencies said Monday (18 November).
Enlargement 04-03-2019

Thousands in Montenegro rally against President Djukanovic

Thousands protested in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday (2 February), the fourth such rally in as many weeks, demanding that President Milo Djukanović and his government resign over alleged corruption, cronyism and abuse of office.
Enlargement 19-02-2019

Albania’s opposition MPs to resign in protest

Albania's centre-right opposition said Monday (18 February) its MPs would resign from parliament, the latest in a series of dramatic protests against Prime Minister Edi Rama, who they accuse of corruption.

EU urges crackdown on ‘golden visas and passports’

The European Union urged member countries on Wednesday (23 January) to crack down on schemes granting "golden visas and passports" to foreign investors, warning they can bring corruption and money laundering in their wake.

Deputy PM, minister and MEP named in Bulgaria’s cash-for-passport scam

EXCLUSIVE: A deputy prime minister, a minister and a Bulgarian MEP are allegedly responsible for illegally selling Bulgarian passports to foreigners, according to claims made by a whistleblower who provided a bundle of documents that appeared to confirm the accusation.
Enlargement 26-10-2018

Albania bans sports betting, restricts casinos in bid to tackle organised crime

Albania's parliament on Thursday (25 October) passed a law banning a large sports betting industry and restricting casinos in a bid to clamp down on organised crime.

Cyprus to cap its ‘golden visa’ program

Stung by criticism it has been selling European Union passports for cash, Cyprus has tightened vetting procedures in a scheme that grants Cypriot citizenship to investors, the finance minister said yesterday (22 May).
EU-China 24-04-2018

OLAF suspects VAT fraud at China’s new gateway to Europe

European Union and Italian authorities are investigating suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Greece’s largest port of Piraeus, a trade gateway between China and Europe, officials said.

Wave of murders darkens the start of Bulgaria’s EU presidency

Three grave crimes have cast a shadow over the start of the Bulgarian EU presidency and have highlighted the enormous deficiencies in the country's law enforcement, dating back to before it became a member of the EU.
Elections 09-01-2018

Top businessman shot dead in Bulgaria

A top Bulgarian businessman was killed in broad daylight in the capital Sofia yesterday (8 January), police said, highlighting the country's persistent problem with organised crime only days after the country took over the EU presidency.
Enlargement 05-10-2017

EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.

Europol urges action after record number of money laundering tip-offs

The head of Europol is calling for tighter controls after an analysis found money laundering goes mostly without investigation, despite banks alerting police to record numbers of suspicious transactions.
Global Europe 22-05-2017

Italian mafia caught pocketing aid for refugees

Italian police last Monday (15 May) arrested 70 members of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia syndicate, after the gang pocketed €35 million in public funds, with the help of a Catholic charity organisation. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.
Enlargement 30-01-2017

Car bombs rattle Montenegro’s capital

Heavily-armed police are guarding the streets of Montenegro's capital after a spike in gangland violence on Saturday (28 January) rattled the Balkan country, which is on the brink of joining NATO.
Global Europe 12-01-2017

British spy behind Trump’s ‘kompromat’ also investigated EU’s Georgieva

EXCLUSIVE / Christopher Steele, a former Russia operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency who is purported to be the author of a dossier of allegations against US President-elect Donald Trump, has also investigated former Bulgarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, EURACTIV.com can reveal.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ in Serbia team up to free iconic defendants

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ have freed the protagonists of a major cigarette trafficking affair, in a judicial case illustrating the myriad failings of Serbian law enforcement. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Security 17-06-2016

The EU’s collective security: Stronger together!

The people of Europe are facing a multi-faceted security challenge that they need to confront together, whatever the outcome on 23 June. "Collective security" needs to be placed at the very heart of the European construction, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Pascal Lamy, Enrico Letta and Yves Bertoncini.

EU and Kosovo disagree over role of legal mission, cases suspended

All court cases in Kosovo handled by European Union prosecutors and judges were suspended today (15 June) after the Balkan country failed to extend their mandate because of a dispute over the role of the EU’s legal mission.
Enlargement 12-05-2016

Thugs destroy buildings in Belgrade while police look the other way

On 11 May, hundreds of residents of Belgrade protested the bulldozing of buildings on a street facing the Sava river, outraged by the silence of the authorities, and the complicity of the police. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Euro & Finance 04-05-2016

Days are numbered for €500 banknote

The European Central Bank is set to decide today (4 May) the fate of the 500-euro banknote, which many people associate with money laundering, the black market and terrorist financing.
Security 30-03-2016

Romanian president lauds intelligence services, says country ‘is safe’

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis yesterday (29 March) praised the country’s intelligence services and insisted that Romania is a safe country. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Climate change 18-03-2016

Can we stamp out environmental crime?

More lucrative and less risky than many traditional criminal activities, environmental crime is growing largely unchecked. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Sofia relieved by EU monitoring report

The European Commission published yesterday (28 January) its annual reports on Bulgaria and Romania, the two countries being monitored in an effort to help improve their deficient law-enforcement systems. Bulgaria expected a harsh report, but the Commission spared it criticism.

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