Specific programme: Preventing and combating crime (2007-2013)
As part of the General Programme on Security and Safeguarding Liberties, the European Union (EU) is establishing a specific programme for the period 2007-2013 aiming to support projects relating to the prevention of and the fight against organised and non-organised crime.
Council Decision 2007/125/JHA of 12 February 2007 establishing for the period 2007-2013, as part of the General Programme on Security and Safeguarding Liberties, the Specific Programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime".
The programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime", which replaces the framework programme on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (AGIS). It is intended to prevent and fight crime, particularly terrorism, trafficking in persons, offences against children, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, corruption and fraud. It consists of four main themes:
- crime prevention and criminology;
- law enforcement;
- protection and support for witnesses;
- protection of victims.
Within these main areas of action, the new programme will in particular:
- develop coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies, other national authorities and European Union (EU) bodies;
- promote best practices for the protection of victims and witnesses;
- encourage the methods necessary for strategically preventing and fighting crime and maintaining security, such as the work carried out in the European Union Crime Prevention Network and public-private partnerships.
Even though it does not deal with judicial cooperation, the programme may cover actions aimed at encouraging cooperation between judicial authorities and law enforcement authorities.
Eligible projects and actions
The programme will enable the following to be financed through grants or public contracts:
- projects with a European dimension initiated and managed by the Commission;
- transnational projects involving partners in at least two Member States or at least one Member State and a country which is an acceding or a candidate country;
- national projects within Member States which prepare transnational projects and/or Union actions which complement them, or which develop innovative technologies which can be used in other countries;
- operating grants for non-governmental organisations pursuing on a non-profit basis the objectives of the programme on a European dimension.
Eligible actions are specifically those relating to operational cooperation and coordination, analytical, monitoring and evaluation activities, the transfer of technology and methodology, training, exchange of staff and experts, as well as awareness and dissemination activities.
The programme concerns law enforcement agencies and other private or public actors, including regional and national authorities, social partners, universities, statistical offices and non-governmental organisations, as well as relevant international bodies which participate as partners.
Bodies applying to participate in the programme must have legal personality and be established in a Member State. Organisations which are profit oriented have access to grants only in conjunction with non-profit oriented or state organisations.
From 1 January 2007 this decision replaces the corresponding provisions of Decision 2002/630/JHA (AGIS). Actions started before 31 December 2006 pursuant to that decision continue to be governed, until their completion, by that decision.
The specific programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime", like the programme "Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism", comes under the framework programme "Security and Safeguarding Liberties" which has a budget of EUR 745 million for the period 2007 to 2013.
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OJ L 58 of 24.2.2007