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EUROPOL Decoding the EU’s most threatening criminal networks


An EUORPOL report delves into the inner workings of the criminal networks that pose the highest threat to the EU’s security.

The report, which features a Europe-wide analysis from the perspective of law enforcement, is a first of its kind. It describes, in detail, how the most threatening criminal networks are organised, which criminal activities they engage in, and how and where they operate.

The report also assesses which criminal networks hold specific characteristics that increase the threat to the EU’s internal security.

All EU Member States and 17 of Europol’s partner countries contributed data to identify Europe's most threatening criminal networks. This resulted in

  • A unique dataset of 821 of the most threatening criminal networks, with extensive information on all aspects that describe them and help assess their threat.

This mapping report, a key deliverable of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union, is more than just a document; it is a strategic tool that will significantly bolster the EU's fight against organised crime, a top priority as outlined in the recent roadmap presented by the European Commission.



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