NEWS - 1 Dec 2022

Transcrime takes part in an operational action of the EMPACT platform coordinated by the Dipartimento della Pubblica Sicurezza to counter mafia infiltration in the legal economy in Europe

The presence and the investments of Italian mafias outside national borders are now well established. Therefore, it becomes essential to increase collaboration and exchange of information between Law Enforcement Agencies to better understand, investigate, prevent and counter the expansion of these groups.

In response to this need, it was decided to create a new operational action of the EMPACT platform, promoted by the European Union, coordinated by the Dipartimento della Pubblica Sicurezza – Direzione Centrale della Polizia Criminale and started by the Servizio Centrale Operativo della Direzione Centrale Anticrimine della Polizia di Stato, with the collaboration of Transcrime – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and other European police forces, which was presented today in Rome.

The purpose of this activity will be to investigate the risk profiles of specific companies linked to Italian citizens, active in various European countries and operating in sectors particularly exposed to criminal influence. In particular, Transcrime will support the profiling of companies at risk leveraging on the knowledge, risk indicators and analytic tools related to company ownership structure that have been developed by the team of the research centre and its spin-off Crime&tech in previous research projects.

The final objective of the initiative is to allow the mapping of possible infiltration activities of Italian mafias in legal economies in Europe and to guide – together with EUROPOL and EUROJUST – targeted investigative activities by the national police forces of other countries.