EU SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME THREAT ASSESSMENT – COVID AND COCAINE TAKE EUROPE TO ‘BREAKING POINT’, SAYS EUROPOL

On 12 April, EurActiv reported that the coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a Continent already at “breaking point” from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU’s policing agency has warned.  Europol said increasingly violent criminal gangs are likely to muscle in on legitimate businesses left vulnerable by the economic damage caused by Covid-19.  Europol said the drug trade in particular was fuelling corruption across the EU, which “affected everybody from dock workers to politicians” and was used in almost three-quarters of all serious crimes.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/covid-cocaine-take-europe-to-breaking-point-says-europol/

https://www.europol.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/socta2021_2.pdf

https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom/news/serious-and-organised-crime-in-eu-corrupting-influence

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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