Ernesto U. Savona
Savona Ernesto U. & Riccardi Michele (Eds.). 2015. From illegal markets to legitimate businesses: the portfolio of organised crime in Europe. Final Report of Project OCP – Organised Crime Portfolio (www.ocportfolio.eu). Trento: Transcrime – Università degli Studi di Trento. © 2015
This is the final report of Project OCP – Organised Crime Portfolio (www.ocportfolio.eu).1 Aim of OCP is to carry out an exploratory study of the economics of organised crime in Europe, and in particular to address three research questions, which are covered by the three sections of this report:
• Where organised crime proceeds are generated, from which illicit markets (Part 1);
• Where these proceeds are then invested in the legitimate economy, in which regions, assets and business sectors (Part 2);
• The extent to which these proceeds are confiscated by European authorities (Part 3).
The project focuses on seven EU member states (Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom), represented by OCP partners, and for which provides an in-depth analysis. However, the report also presents a broader examination of the situation in Europe as a whole.
OCP deals with issues crucial from a policy standpoint but which are characterised by a lack of data and of previous studies. OCP addresses this research gap by adopting an innovative methodology and using a wide range of information, both qualitative and quantitative, deriving from very different sources.
Despite its pioneering nature and its data limitations, this report represents a first step towards better understanding of how the organised crime business works. In line with the Transcrime research agenda, it is a starting point for a better identification and reduction of the opportunities exploited by criminals to infiltrate illicit and legitimate markets in Europe.
In this sense, this report constitutes an important tool for both public and private institutions to improve the assessment of the risks of organised crime infiltration and to strengthen the tracing and the confiscation of criminal assets in Europe.
Crime&tech, the spin-off company of the Università Cattolica and Transcrime, hosts in Largo Gemelli, 1 the 2nd day of ECR Community Shrink & OSA Group Meeting.
Michele Riccardi takes part in the meeting of the Aro subgroup on Asset Management.
During the OSCE Annual Police Experts Meeting (APEM), Michele Riccardi presents “The scope and seriousness of ‘the problem’ and main challenges for the criminal justice systems – an overview.
Prof. Ernesto Savona, Prof. Francesco Calderoni, Michele Riccardi, Marco Dugato, Serena Favarin, Alberto Aziani and Alexander Kamprad take part at the annual conference organised by European Society of Criminology (ESC).
During the Summer School on “La Mafia oggi”, Prof. Savona gives a lesson on “Misurare la mafia. Il (difficile) mestiere di dare i numeri”.
During the 35th international symposium on Economic crime, Prof. Savona gives a speech during the session “Are we any good at protecting our societies and economies from the threat of economic crime and misconduct?”.
During the working group organised by COMPTRASEC (University of Bordeaux), Marina Mancuso gives a speech on “Estimating the revenues of sexual exploitation: applying a new methodology to the Italian context”.
During the seminar on “Sociology of constitutions. A multidimensional approach”, organized by CSISC, Prof. Savona gives a speech during the session on “Constitutions between Legal and Political Systems”.
During the workshop “Criminal Justice Reform in Comparative Perspective”, Prof. Savona takes part in the session on “Suspect Communities, Counter-Terrorism and the Boundaries of Criminalisation”.
Transcrime professors and researchers take part in the conference “La criminologia nelle Università italiane: sviluppo e prospettive future”.