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Assessing Organised Crime: Testing the Feasibility of a Common European Approach in a Case Study of the Cigarette Black Market in the EU

Objective

This study aims at developing and testing a cross-national and cross-sectorial methodology forassessing the nature, social relevance and dynamics of patterns of criminal cooperation, taking thetrafficking in untaxed cigarettes in the European Union as an object of study for a first pilot.The project will critically review existing conceptual approaches and data sources on organisedcrime. The range and quality of the existing data will be evaluated by comparing the datarequirements set out by each identified approach with the available data, and by applying generalcriteria of reliability and validity. In a sector-by-sector analysis of the situation in the areasof drug trafficking, illegal immigration, trafficking in humans, and trafficking in contrabandcigarettes the project will explore current possibilities and limits of a meaningful assessment oforganised crime.Drawing on a review of academic, official and private sector material containing conceptualisationsand/or data on organised crime, the participants own expertise and invited external expertise fromthe law enforcement community, the project will propose a harmonised terminology, identify keyproperties meaningfully characterising organised crime, determine how these properties can beoperationalised and how the derived data can be used to assess the nature, social relevance anddevelopmental trends of diverse manifestations of organised crime.The proposed methodology will be tested in a case study of contraband cigarette trafficking along the "northern trade belt" stretching roughly from the Baltic States to the UK. Data will be obtained from judicial files and interviews conducted with law enforcement experts, private sector expertsand offenders.The project will make recommendations on the implementation of the methodology in the areas ofresearch, law enforcement, policy, and the private security sector.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SSP-1
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Coordinator

TILBURG UNIVERSITY
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Warandelaan 2
Tilburg
Netherlands

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
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Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN.
Germany
Address
Kaiserwerther Strasse 16-18
Berlin
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM.
United Kingdom
Address
University Office, Old Elvet
Durham
UNIVERSITY OF TARTU
Estonia
Address
Uelikooli Str. 18
Tartu
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICS
United Kingdom
Address
Houghton Street
London