Fighting transnational organised crime: Europol and the Italian Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate host first operational...

On 16 and 17 April, Europol and the Italian Anti-Mafia Investigation Directorate (Direzione Investigativa Antimafia) are hosting the first operational high-level conference Countering Strategies Against Transnational Organised Crime as part of the @ON Operational Network to counter mafia-style serious and organised crime groups in the European Union. Conference participants are high-ranking police officers from EU Member States and non-EU countries.

Over €60 million seized in Hungary in operation Backbone

Financial investigators from the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration (Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal) disrupted an organised criminal network for value-added tax (VAT) fraud associated with money laundering.

Over €70 million seized in Hungary in operation Backbone

Financial investigators from the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration (Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal) disrupted an organised criminal network for value-added tax (VAT) fraud associated with money laundering.

Organised poly-criminal group acting across Europe taken down

The suspected criminal gang is accused of murder, trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation, money laundering and for being members of an organised crime group. The network, active in northern Europe since 2009, ran its human trafficking operation in Denmark and Poland. The criminal group had evaded Polish law enforcement authorities – the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation and prosecutors from Gdansk – and shifted their criminal activities to large-scale marijuana cultivation upon moving to Spain to fund their illegal activities back in the two other Member States.

Weapons reactivation specialist arrested in Spain

The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) with the support of Europol experts in weapons and explosives arrested one individual in Seville on suspicion of being a member of a firearms-trafficking network with several links to North America.

Terrorism evolving: insights from research to combat the threat

More than 250 experts from the public and private sector and academia will focus on topics linked to terrorism and its manifestations in Europe on 9 and 10 April 2019 at the third annual conference of the European Counter Terrorism Centre Advisory Network on terrorism and propaganda.

Welcome on board! Poland and Sweden join the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce to help...

Today the J-CAT (Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce) welcomed Poland as its newest member to strengthen the fight against cybercrime. In October 2018, Sweden was also accepted as a part of the Taskforce. Both members have officially deployed their cyber Liaison Officers to Europol to enhance further cooperation against cyber threats.

Final whistle for an illegal sports betting network in Portugal

On Thursday 4 April, the Fiscal Action Unit of the Portuguese Republican National Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana, GNR) carried out a successful operation against an illegal sports betting network based in Portugal. The GNR seized assets of more than €1 million on the action day, which was coined operation Showdown.

Europol and MRC Europe join forces in the fight against e-commerce fraud

Today, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Merchant Risk Council (MRC Europe), an independent and not-for-profit business association engaged in fighting e-commerce fraud in Europe. The MoU was signed by Una Dillon, Managing Director of MRC Europe and the Head of EC3, Steven Wilson, at the Europol headquarters in The Hague.

More than 60 arrested in series of police actions against Albanian mafia

With the support of Europol, 64 members of an Albanian-speaking organised crime network were arrested between 3-5 April during a simultaneous operation carried out in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Italy and which saw the involvement of some 600 law enforcement officers. The suspects are believed to have been illegally producing and trafficking drugs, with links to trafficking in human beings, prostitution and money laundering.