According to the 2011-2013 EU policy cycle for organised and serious international crime, eight priorities have been adopted by the Council for the fight against organised crime.
They consist of the following priority areas:
- Combat all forms of trafficking in human beings and human smuggling by targeting the organised crime groups conducting such criminal activities in the southern, south-western and south-eastern criminal hubs in the EU;
- Mitigate the role of the Western Balkans, as a key transit and storage zone for illicit commodities destined for the EU and logistical centre for organised crime groups, including Albanian-speaking organised crime groups;
- Weaken the capacity of organised crime groups, active or based in West Africa, to traffic cocaine and heroin to and within the EU;
- Step up the fight against cybercrime and the criminal misuse of the internet by organised crime groups;
- Reduce the production and distribution of synthetic drugs in the EU, including new psychotropic substances;
- Weaken the capacity of organised crime groups to facilitate illegal immigration to the EU, particularly via southern, south-eastern and eastern Europe, and notably at the Greek Turkish border, and in crisis areas of the Mediterranean close to North Africa;
- Disrupt the trafficking of illicit commodities into the EU, particularly in container form, including cocaine, heroin, cannabis, counterfeit goods and cigarettes;
- Reduce the capabilities of mobile (itinerant) organised crime groups to engage in criminal activities.
Statistics on these crime areas can be found in Eurojust’s Annual Reports.