“An Administrative Approach to serious and organised crime involves preventing the facilitation of illegal activities by denying criminals the use of the legal administrative infrastructure.”
It is recognised that organised crime does not respect regional, national or international boundaries and because of its nature and scale it is more than any agency or even group of nations can tackle alone. Criminal justice interventions alone will never be enough. We believe multidisciplinary approaches, based on partnership, collaboration and use of administrative measures, offer a solution with the potential to have a much greater impact on both the ‘high end’ and the ‘long tail’ of organised crime, across the EU.
In response a Network, which reports to COSI (the Standing Committee for Operational Cooperation on Internal Security) has been formed. Since then the Network has evolved into a Network of National Contact Points which act as a gateway to law enforcement agencies, government departments, administrative bodies and academia in their respective countries. In particular, those teams, units and departments which are regularly using administrative powers or non-traditional ways of working on a practical level, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to prevent and disrupt organised crime.
The goal of the Network is to stimulate and facilitate an informal network of contact points, competent in the field of administrative measures to tackle the phenomenon of organised crime groups taking into account national needs and particular circumstances.
The administrative approach is used by combining the following elements:
① Prevent persons involved in criminal activities form using the legal administrative infrastructure for criminal purposes, including, where relevant, procedures for obtaining permits, tenders and subsides,
② Apply all relevant types of administrative regulations to prevent and fight illegal activities, when possible under national law, including the preventive screening and monitoring of applicants (natural persons and legal entities) for permits, tenders and subsidies, as well as closing or expropriating premises when public nuisance occurs in or around those premises as a result of undermining criminal activities;
③ Coordinate interventions, using administrative tools to supplement actions under criminal law, to prevent, counter, disrupt and suppress serious and organised crime