On 9th July, Transcrime, the Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime, published a new report: “ITTP NEXUS in Europe and Beyond”. It includes an analysis of the illicit flows of cigarettes moving through EU countries, by also examining the role of and the connections with relevant countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It provides an assessment of the enabling factors behind transnational cigarette trafficking. It is said that the aim of the Report is to increase awareness about cigarette trafficking and its size at regional and international levels. At the same time, it says, the project’s findings could be used to anticipate future scenarios, thus assisting governments and other stakeholders to forecast and prevent crime and to orient and support their regulatory choices. Finally, the comprehensive methodological approach suggested by this project could potentially be used for analysing other transnational illicit markets and criminal activities. The report says that the UAE is the main origin of illicit cigarettes consumed in the 57 countries considered within Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. 9 billion out of about 132 billion illicit cigarettes originate from the UAE; and most of the illicit consumption in the EU concerns cigarettes originating from outside the EU.
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