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EBOCS III – European Business Ownership and Control Structures

Funded by:European Commission Directorate – General Migration and Home Affairs
Starting date:December 2019

The objective of the project is to provide simplified and unified access to Business Registry (BR) data on business
ownership and control structures for financial analysis and investigation purposes thus increasing the level of
transparency on legal entities available today.

ECOFIT – Options for EnhanCing Operational instruments in the area of FIrearms Trafficking

Funded by:European Commission Directorate – General Migration and Home Affairs
Starting date:November 2019

The project aims to design EU policies that could improve operational action of Law-Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the area of firearms trafficking investigations.

FLOWS – Displacement and Convergence of Illicit Flows (humans and goods)

Funded by: PMI Impact
Starting date: August 2019

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The project aims at advancing the knowledge on crime displacement and convergence of human smuggling and drug trafficking in North Africa and aims at designing effective policies to contrast these crimes

ROXANNE – Real time network, text, and speaker analytics for combating organized crime

Funded by: the EU Horizon 2020 programme
Starting date:September 2019

Discovering criminal networks and identifying their members is one of the primary aspects of LEAs’ mission. ROXANNE will
contribute towards this goal by bridging the strengths of speech and language technologies (SLTs), visual analysis (VA) and
network analysis (NA).


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DATACROS – Developing A Tool to Assess Corruption Risk factors in firms’ Ownership Structure

Funded by: European Commission Directorate – General Home
Starting date: 1 March 2019

The project aims at assessing corruption risk factors in firms’ ownership structure in the European single market.


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Funded by: Economic & Social Research Council (UK)
Starting date: January 2019

Cyber-TNOC will explore how technological changes are enabling Transnational Organised Crime (TNOC). In particular, it will investigate how technological innovations (e.g. Dark Web Markets, cryptocurrencies, malware propagation, etc.) are changing the scope and size of some traditional TNOC activities.

The factors that influence the perception of safety in Milan

Funded by: Fondazione Cariplo
Starting date: 1 January 2019

Il progetto di ricerca ha lo scopo di indagare quali sono i fattori che influenzano la percezione di insicurezza dei cittadini per suggerire degli interventi volti a diminuire la paura della criminalità nei diversi quartieri della città di Milano. Il progetto si suddivide in quattro attività principali: i) mappatura della letteratura nazionale ed internazionale; ii) analisi dell’insicurezza e delle sue cause nel Comune di Milano; iii) approfondimenti territoriali e iii) identificazione di interventi mirati.

Research activity for the definition of a methodology aiming at the elaboration of risk indicators to prevent corruption

Funded by: POLIS Lombardia
Starting date: 28 November 2018

Il progetto ha l’obiettivo di presentare una proposta metodologica per la costruzione di una serie di indicatori statistici del rischio corruzione adatti ad essere utilizzati dalle amministrazioni regionali per la redazione dei Piani Triennali di Prevenzione della Corruzione e della Trasparenza (PTPC).

Developing indicator on IFFs

Funded by: UNODC
Starting date: June 2018

The project intends to develop a series of coordinated actions to review and test a statistical methodology to measure Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) and to support the national statistical offices of selected countries in Latin America – Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru – to implement it.

ITTP NEXUS In Europe and beyond

Funded by: PMI Impact
Starting date: 1 December 2017



The projects identifies and quantifies the illicit flows of cigarettes moving to EU countries across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia and highlights the existing connections with the political, legislative and socio-economic frameworks.

TRAin Training – Transfer Radicalisation Approaches in Training

Funded by: European Commission Directorate-General Justice And Consumers Programme And Financial Management
Starting date: 1 September 2017

Project aimed at enhancing and updating knowledge of the phenomenon of radicalisation in prison and probation (PP), to provide professionals with skills to interpret and promptly identify signs of violent radicalisation.


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The Impact of E-Cigarette Regulation on ITTP in the EU

Funded by: BOTEC Analysis
Starting date: 1 August 2017

The Project tests and tries to find support for the hypothesis that e-cigarettes could serve as a “safety-valve” allowing for higher taxes (and stricter regulations) on traditional tobacco products without encouraging the illicit market. It also seeks to investigate the effects of law and policy on the extent of the substitution of traditional tobacco products with e-cigarettes.


Funded by: European Commission Directorate-General Home
Starting date: 3 July 2017

Project aimed to extend and further develop the initial pilot of the EBOCS, to The extended pilot enabled the participating users to immediately analyse at an operational level the information in the participating business registers.

BLOCKWASTE – Blocking the Loopholes for Illicit Waste Trafficking

Funded by: European Commission, DG Home Affairs
Starting date: 1 January 2016

BlockWaste aims to provide strategic analysis of the threats and risks related to illicit trafficking of waste (IWT) across Europe in order to improve the prevention capabilities of EU public and private agencies.


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MORE – Modelling and mapping the risk of Serious and Organised Crime infiltration in legitimate businesses across European territories and sectors

Funded by: Commissione Europea, DG Affari interni
Starting date: 1 January 2016

Study on the risk of serious and organised crime (SOC) infiltration in the legitimate businesses across EU MS, through analysis of case studies and assessment of selected risk factors.


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PROTON – modelling the PRocesses leading to Organised crime and TerrOrist Networks

Funded by: the EU Horizon 2020 programme
Starting date: 1 October 2016

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The projects aims at improving existing knowledge on the processes of recruitment to organised crime and terrorist networks through an innovative integration between social and computational sciences.

Organized Crime in Serbia

Funded by: OSCE
Starting date: 1 November 2015

The study aims to support OSCE in understanding organized crime groups in Serbia (OCGs). By adopting a multi-disciplinary approach (criminological, economic, legal), the project provides an in-depth analysis and a set of recommendations allowing OSCE to support the Serbian Government in strengthening the national action against Serbian OCGs.

Key hubs for the illicit tobacco – Belarus and Bulgaria

Funded by: Philip Morris International
Starting date: 20 May 2015

The project aims at analysing key hubs around the world to identify the factors behind the illicit trade in tobacco products and point out specific measures for the reduction of criminal opportunities. The study includes the delivery of two country reports – Belarus and Bulgaria.


Funded by: Philip Morris International
Starting date: November 2015

Recipe project analyses dual markets for regulated substances and services, and aims to provide a framework for their effective regulation. The results of the project are presented in the form of a peer-reviewed book.

DIGIWHIST – The Digital Whistleblower. Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed

Funded by: European Commision – Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme
Starting date: 1 March 2015

Study about the availability of data on public spending in the area of public procurement and development of monitoring procedures strengthening accountability and transparency of public administrations.


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Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Civil Society Initiate: Capacity Building for Monitoring SOE Governance in the Energy Sector

Funded by: KEP CEI
Starting date: 2015

FIRE – Fighting illicit firearms trafficking routes and actors at European level

Funded by: European Commission, DG Home Affairs


Starting date: 1 December 2014

Project FIRE analyses the illicit trafficking in firearms (ITF) in the 28 European Member States and provides best practices and recommendations to reduce and prevent the crime.


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IARM – Identifying and Assessing the Risk of Money Laundering in Europe

Funded by: European Commission, DG Home Affairs


Starting date: 1 December 2014

Study on assessing the risk of money laundering (ML). In particular, development of composite indicator of money laundering risk at geographic area and business sector level.


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CEREU – Countering Extortion and Racketeering in EU

Funded by: European Commission, DG Home Affairs


Starting date: 1 October 2014

The project aims to develop and test a more reliable tool for measuring the extent of extortion racketeering in vulnerable industries and social groups, to promote and transfer victim-focused, pro-active approaches for the prevention and investigation of extortion racketeering and to promote partnerships between civil society and law enforcement institutions in fighting this crime.

Impact Assessment of the Sistema Táctico de Análisis Delictual – STAD in Chile

Funded by: Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


Starting date: 1 august 2014

The project consists of a preliminary assessment for an impact evaluation of the program “Sistema Táctico de Análisis Delictual – STAD” in Chile.

Heroin Trafficking along the Balkan Route: an Economic Assessment

Funded by: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Starting date: 13 june 2014

The aim of this report is to analysing the economic and financial aspects of heroin trafficking along the Balkan route, from Afghanistan to the main consumer countries in Europe. The study develops a methodology to estimate the scale, the nature and the potential impacts of the illicit financial flows and associated money laundering activities generated through heroin trafficking. Moreover, it discusses the potential economic impact thereof on each state involved. The report has the goal to provide countries affected by the traffic of Afghan opiates with actionable information and policy recommendations, raising awareness on the issue and offering practical steps for the future.

Illicit Tobacco Routes – EU Regional Outlook on the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Funded by: Philip Morris International (Switzerland)


Starting date: 20 February 2014

COST – BCNetwork

Funded by: European Commission
Starting date: 2014

OCP – Organised Crime Portfolio

Funded by: European Commission, DG Home Affairs

Starting date: 1 December 2012

Project Organised Crime Portfolio (OCP) (HOME/2011/ISEC/AG/FINEC/400000222) aims to study the investments of organised crime (OC) in European Union Member States (EU MS), analyse the infiltration of OC groups and assess the impact on legitimate markets.


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DATA SCIENCE FOR POLICING, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY – Marco Dugato discusses the main existing approaches to crime forecasting at Cardiff University.


THE NEED FOR AN EU PLAN TO END THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF GRAND CORRUPTION – Prof. Ernesto Savona discusses about the EU needs to rethink its overall approach to asset recovery at the event organized by Transparency International EU.


EUROPEAN CRIME PREVENTION CONFERENCE (EUCPN) – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.


TRAIN THE TRAINERS – Thomas Joyce talks about the value of radicalisation monitoring and the use of possible indicators allowing an early detection of radicalization phenomenon at the Department of Penitentiary Administration.


COOPERATION BETWEEN EUROPOL, ACADEMIA AND RESEARCH EXPERTS – Prof. Savona participates in the roundtable ‘Cooperation between Europol, Academia and Research Experts’.


TRAin TRAINING FINAL CONFERENCE – Prof. Savona discusses the European future of tools for monitoring radicalization processes in prison.


EMPIRICAL AML RESEARCH CONFERENCE – Michele Riccardi discusses how to assess the risk of illicit financial flows through the analysis of cross border ownership links of European businesses.


EUCPN Board Meeting – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.


TOWARDS A COMMON EU STRATEGY TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND ORGANISED CRIME – Prof. Savona discusses the need to improve the cross border cooperation in the fight against organised crime and corruption at the European Parliament.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY Annual Meeting 2019 – Alberto Aziani talks about evolving crime trends, patterns, and measurements.