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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
Aim of Project OCP – Organised Crime Portfolio (www.ocportfolio.eu) – 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 the final 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.
Project OCP has been carried out with the financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union – European Commission, DG Home Affairs, and has been developed by an international consortium of eight partners: Transcrime – Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime (www.transcrime.it) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and the Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy), coordinator of the project; Police University College (PCF – Finland); Agence de Gestion et de Recouvrement des Avoirs Saisis et Confisqués (AGRASC – France); An Garda Síochána – Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB – Ireland); Guardia di Finanza (GDF – Italy); Universiteit Utrecht (UU – The Netherlands); Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC – Spain); Durham University (UDUR – United Kingdom).
The 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.
Authors (in alphabetical order): Monica Angelini, Francesco Calderoni, Diana Camerini, Marta Chinnici, Yulia Chistyakova, Jeltsje Cusveller, Marco Dugato, Joras Ferwerda, Luca Giommoni, Jarmo Houtsonen, Pilar Laguna, Marina Mancuso, Jerónimo Márquez, Jesús Palomo, Sarianna Petrell, Michele Riccardi, Nuria Ruiz, Alexandre Salha, Ernesto U. Savona, Cristina Soriani, Priscilla Standridge, Brigitte Unger, John Walker, David Wall.
During the NATO Defense College Foundation on “Targeting the de-materialised ‘Caliphate’” prof. Savona gives a speech on “Terrorist funding: a lynchpin between extremism and armed operations”.
Michele Riccardi takes part to the meeting of the working group of the “EU Money Laundering Supra-National Risk Assessment”.
Michele Riccardi takes part to the 7th Meeting of the Asset Management Subgroup of the EU Asset Recovery Office Platform.
Prof Ernesto Savona takes part in the “International Conference on Combatting Illicit Tobacco Trade and Related Crimes”.
During the ALEA conference on gambling and criminal question, Prof Savona gives a speech on “L’influenza del mercato legale-illegale sui paradigmi della regolazione del gioco d’azzardo contemporaneo”.
During the conference of the Parties UNTOC, prof. Savona coordinates the side event on “Changing Organized Crime: lessons from EU project PROTON” sponsored by UNODC and Italian Mission at UN in Vienna.
During the Festival della Sociologia, prof. Savona coordinates a meeting on “Misurare i traffici illeciti: la sfida dell’Agenda delle Nazioni Unite per il 2030” with Federico Sallusti (ISTAT) and Alberto Aziani (Transcrime).
At the Scuola Superiore della Magistratura, prof. Savona introduces the course “Giovanni Falcone” with a lesson on “Il reclutamento nelle organizzazioni criminali: una recente ricerca”.
During the 36th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Michele Riccardi presents a paper in a panel on “AML National risk assessments – the way forward”.
During the 36th International Symposium on Economic Crime, Prof. Savona presents a paper on “Curbing illicit wealth reducing loopholes in opportunities and taxes”.
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