EMPACT Crime Fighting Initiative: 2019 Results
31 August 2020 (updated 2 years, 1 month ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Published in printed Issue 2/2020 p 114

On 1 July 2020, the EU’s operational mechanism to fight organised international crime, EMPACT, published its operational results for 2019. Within the framework of the EU Policy Cycle to tackle organised and serious international crime, factsheets outline the numbers of arrests, investigations, action days, and seizures, as well as operational highlights for the different crime priority areas such as cybercrime, financial crime, trafficking in human beings, facilitated illegal immigration, drug trafficking, etc. Overall, combined EU efforts in the year 2019 led to 8,000 arrests, the identification of more than 1,400 victims of trafficking in human beings and child sexual abuse, the prevention of €400M in fraud affecting the interests of the EU, as well as the seizure of 75 tons of drugs and chemicals, 6,000 weapons, and €77M worth of criminal assets.