DATACROS is a research project co-funded by European Union Internal Security Fund – Police (101038736 — ISFP-2020-AG-CORRUPT) and coordinated by the research centre Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, aimed at developing a tool to detect anomalies in firms’ ownership structure that can flag high risks of money laundering, collusion, and corruption in the European single market.
The first phase of the project (DATACROS I) was conducted between 2019 and 2021 with the participation of the French anti-corruption Authority (Agence Française Anticorruption), the Spanish Police (Cuerpo Nacional de la Policia) and investigative journalists from the IRPI consortium – Download the final report of DATACROS I
A second phase of the project (DATACROS II) has started in February 2022 and will last for two years. The project aims at enhancing the Datacros prototype tool, and to test it in operational scenarios with a wide range of end-users: Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Asset Recovery Offices (AROs), Anti-corruption authorities (ACAs), Competition Authorities (CAs), and investigative journalists. The project consortium, led by Transcrime, is composed by 18 institutions located in 7 different EU countries (Italy, Romania, Spain, France, Belgium, Lithuania, Czech Republic), and it also involves international organisations and global networks, such as Europol and the Network of Corruption Prevention Authorities (NCPA).
DATACROS is only one of several projects of the TOM -The Ownership Monitor research group, the joint initiative recently launched by Transcrime together with its spin-off Crime&tech, to study the opacity of corporate structures in Europe (and beyond).
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