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.
During the “Education for Justice” organised by UNODC, Prof. Ernesto Savona participates in the expert group meeting.
Prof. Savona gives a lesson on “Le mafie tradizionali nello scenario della globalizzazione”.
Francesco Calderoni and Michele Riccardi at the ‘High-level Meeting on Illicit trade and related crimes’ hosted by the Siracusa International Institute to discuss about illicit trade of tobacco products and illicit trade of medical products’.
During the Plenary Session of the World Forum on Shooting Activities, Marina Mancuso presents the final results of project FIRE-Fighting illicit firearms trafficking routes and actors at European Level.
Prof. Savona is a guest speaker at International Crime & Justice PhD program of the University of Florida.
During the Festival del giornalismo, Michele Riccardi gives a speech on “L’infiltrazione mafiosa nella filiera agroalimentare e nella ristorazione”.
During “The Economist Events’ Global Illicit Trade Summit”, Prof. Savona gives a speech on “Imagining illicit trade in 20 years’ time”.
Prof. Savona takes part in the SOCTA Advisory Group meeting, whose aim is to draft the next SOCTA Report.
During the conference “Migrazioni, integrazione e terrorismo”, Prof. Savona gives a speech on “Percorsi paralleli nelle carriere nelle organizzazioni criminali e quelle terroristiche”.
On the occasion of the re-release of the 1952 movie “Processo alla città” by Luigi Zampa, Prof. Savona discusses about corruption in a debate with other speakers