Fight against organised crime
The fight against organised crime, which forms part of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Title V) is intended to afford the public a high level of safety within an area of freedom, security and justice.
EU policy seeks to prevent and combat organised crime. It is informed by and complements the work of the international organisations.
Implementation is largely based on alignment of national criminal law in this area and on the work of Europol and, to a certain extent, of Eurojust.
Efforts to combat organised crime rest on five-year action programmes. The previous programme was adopted in 2004 in The Hague, following on from the 1999 Tampere programme. These efforts are continued during the period 2010-14 under the 2009 Stockholm programme.