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Tackling organised crime: assessing the impact of the economic crisis [WPS09/05]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • Will an economic downturn cause an upsurge in organised crime?
  • What are the emerging trends and how to get ahead of the criminals?
  • Where are the specific vulnerabilities and do these differ between North America and Europe?
  • Is there a risk of parallel criminal economies emerging?
  • In what ways can cross-border co-operation on intelligence gathering, investigations and prosecutions be enhanced?
  • How are criminal gangs organised?
  • Are there cross-cutting links between different modalities of crime and their detection?
  • What is the role of the Internet in the perpetration of crime and as a tool of detection?
  • How far can European countries limit the spread of organised crime against a backdrop of the global economic crisis?

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