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The European Union and organized crime

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  1. Introduction
  2. A strategy based on co-operation
    1. the Tampere summit and the priorities set by EU leaders
    2. A framework decision in the field of money laundering
    3. Improving cooperation between member states and national law-enforcement agencies
  3. What has been achieved so far?
    1. EU strategy on organised crime: Lack of transparency and accountability
    2. Stepping up co-operation on matters of organised crime in the European Union
  4. Legitimacy and identity
    1. A concept borrowed from the study of EU's foreign and security policy
    2. This discussion of EU policy towards organised crime and the identity of the European Union
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

With French and Dutch voters' recent rejection of the proposed constitutional treaty for the European Union, a number of proposals in the field of Justice and Home Affairs have been watered down or considerably postponed. However, both EU leaders and the general public continue to place high expectations on this specific policy area, which has witnessed a particularly rapid development since the Treaty of Maastricht. The fight against organised crime at EU level is only one aspect among other policies, but it too has been increasingly emphasised over the past few years, even if the first European-wide initiatives against organised crime date back to the seventies.

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