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  • Joint Action establishing a programme of exchanges, training and cooperation for persons responsible for action to combat organized crime (Falcone), 1998-2002

Programme funding

EUR 10 million

Official Journal Reference

L 99 of 1998-03-31

Legislative Reference

98/245/JHA of 1998-03-19
To establish a programme of exchanges, training and cooperation in the Member States for implementing measures to combat organized crime.


This Regulation, establishing the Falcone programme, follows the action plan to combat organized crime adopted at the Amsterdam Council Meeting in June 1997 and the resultant priorities for cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs (the 'third pillar') reflected in the Council Resolution of 18 December 1997. It is directed at persons responsible for the fight against organized crime and sets up a framework based on a multi-disciplinary, broad approach which supports measures to facilitate the implementation of the action plan. It is aimed at a European, rather than Member State level, so that obstacles to increased cooperation can be reduced.


Five categories of action:

- Training projects and the preparation of teaching modules to improve knowledge of specific aspects of regulations, legislation, procedures and practices relating to the fight against organized crime;

- Joint cooperative projects between Member States to improve skills and operational methods in the fight against organized crime, possibly involving the temporary secondment of experts;

- Programmes of limited-duration traineeships with public bodies with particular responsibilities in the fight against organized crime, and the organization of subject-specific meetings and seminars;

- Projects whose aim is the dissemination and exchange of information, including providing help in setting up networks of contacts points and the development of databases and data networks of case-law and legislation to enhance the actions of and cooperation between departments and bodies concerned with the fight against organized crime;

- Projects involving:

. Research defining common standards and methodology to improve the identification of the phenomenon, the implementation of scientific, technical or comparative research and the subsequent coordination of that research;
. Comparison and assessment of prevention, enforcement and prosecution instruments to identify possibilities for defining common policies against organized crime;
. Comparison and assessment of methods used in the fight against organized crime by police, customs and the judiciary.


The programme has been established for the period 1998-2002.

The Commission is responsible for implementing the measures set out in the Regulation. It will be assisted by a Committee consisting of one representative from each Member State and chaired by a representative of the Commission. This Committee will identify specialists in the fight against organized crime who, with the Commission, will draw up a draft annual programme including proposals for implementing rules and for project assessment. These specialists will also assist the Commission and the Committee in scrutinising project applications.

Where project financing is requested applications must be submitted to the Commission. Financial support for any project selected for funding may not exceed 80% of the cost of the project.

Selection criteria for projects include:

- Involvement of at least two Member States;

- Involvement of public and private organizations;

- Compatibility with the action plan to combat organized crime;

- Degree of preparation and standard of applicant organization;

- Scope for drawing on results achieved in order to reinforce cooperation between Member States.

Projects may also involve those responsible for the fight against organized crime in applicant countries with a view to familiarising them with the existing measures and preparing them for accession. However, although it is not the purpose of the programme to give assistance to the Central and Eastern European States.
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