By using open data and primary resources, previous and ongoing research, and the privileged partnerships with Eurojust Italian Desk and Operations and Europol, the Mafiaround-Europe report - stemming from the CRIME (Countering Regional Italian Mafia Expansion) project presents the first analysis of the presence of Italian mafias in 7 European countries in addition to Italy and the challenges of cross border policing of mafia-type organised crime. Production of the report, Mafiaround Europe, was enabled by funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, block awards made to research organisations to accelerate the impact of research. The report highlights how mafia-type activities have adapted to individual countries, their economy, culture, infrastructure and logistics networks.
The project led by Dr Anna Sergi received funding in December 2019 for a start in April 2020 and a projected end in October 2020. Due to delays and constrictions brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic, C.R.I.M.E has been reshaped in the summer of 2020 to co-produce an explorative report looking at the main trends on the mobility of Italian mafias in Europe today. Both partners will be using this for their own internal practice and will feed this into their communication with other EU institutions.
Dr Sergi, has liaised with Eurojust (Italian Desk and Operations) and Europol Italian Organised Crime Unit as privileged participants and partners of this project from the start, but the project has remained autonomous from both institutions. These institutions, together with others (such as different Antimafia District Directorate, the DIA - Italian Direzione Investigativa Antimafia through its reports, and the Department of Public Security within the Ministry of Interior of Italy) have supported the project through ad-hoc interviews and exchanges of non-operational and non-personal data on Italian organised crime in Europe.
"It is fundamental to continue and to enhance the fight against mafia-type criminality at European level. This report represents a unique effort to systematise knowledge on Italian mafias and their worrying presence in some EU Member States. It is also a valuable source of inspiration to address perduring shortcomings on criminal law and tool to help practitioners in their daily cross-border cooperation with the EU partners."