Opinion: Italian Mafias exploit EU police deficiencies

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A few years ago, Europol representatives called for new rules that would criminalize membership in Mafia-type organizations. Nevertheless, a full harmonization of anti-Mafia legislation at the EU level shouldn’t be expected soon as it touches on a very sensitive issue: the protection of civil rights. This is why thwarting drug routes will often be easier than detecting the ‘ndrangheta’s investments in real estate, public and private contracts, public utilities, waste disposal, and renewable energy. This does not mean that there is no room for smaller steps, as requested in resolutions before the European Parliament, on taking over profits from laundered money or even prioritizing extradition requests for fugitive mafiosi. The European Union’s fundamental principle of free movement, which is applied to capital as it is to people, makes it easier for dirty money to be invested within a couple of days. This is why investigative procedures in the European Union must speed up. The impressive Operation Pollino, which led to Wednesday’s arrests, suggests that changes at some EU agencies (on police and justice cooperation) have been fruitful. But the European Union overall must hurry to keep up with international crime. The ‘ndrangheta has already expanded to Central and Eastern Europe, where — as the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was investigating when he was murdered last February — it may be trying to gain access to EU funds. At 1830 UTC, DW’s editors send out a selection of news and features. You can sign up to receive it here.

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