Organised Crime: The Scale of the Challenge Facing Europe

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RUSImotif 2A lecture by Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol

International trade, an ever-expanding global transport infrastructure and the rise of the internet and mobile communication have engendered a more international and networked form of serious and organised crime. Many organized crime groups (OCGs) are flexible and adaptive and have identified and exploited new opportunities during the economic crisis. Reduced consumer spending power has inspired counterfeiters to expand into new product lines. Commodity counterfeiting, illicit trade in sub-standard goods and goods violating health and safety regulations are major emerging criminal markets in the EU. The distribution and production as well as the increasing demand and consumption of these goods pose a serious threat to EU citizens. There has been a shift in trafficking routes across a number of commodities. Heroin traffickers trying to avoid Turkish groups now also traffic via East and South Africa or ship their product directly to the EU via Pakistan or the UAE. Victims of human trafficking are increasingly trafficked within the EU by OCGs exploiting the free movement of people within the Schengen zone.

Rob Wainwright is Director of Europol. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr Wainwright was the Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol, and also responsible for the Europol National Unit in London. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Director International of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), where he was responsible for its international operations and for developing and implementing the UK strategy against facilitated illegal immigration. Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In this leading role, he was overseeing 20,000 law enforcement cases each year as well as establishing the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency. He was made Director of Europol in 2009 and was recently confirmed for a second 4-year term by the EU Council of Ministers

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