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European Commission: Security Union: Commission outlines priorities on combatting serious and organised crime

Today, the European Commission is presenting the sixth report on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union. The report outlines the implementation of the priority files in the area of security, including the recently-approved Directive on combatting terrorism and the revision of the Schengen Borders Code. The report also sets out the Commission's view on future EU priorities to combat serious and organised crime and identifies eight specific threats, namely (1) cybercrime, (2) drugs crime, (3) migrant smuggling, (4) organised property crime, (5) trafficking in human beings, (6) firearms trafficking, (7) VAT fraud and (8) environmental crime. These priorities should feed into the new EU Policy Cycle for 2018-2020 to ensure effective cooperation between Member States in addressing the most pressing criminal threats facing the EU. The Commission calls on the Council to endorse these priorities at the June 2017 Justice and Home Affairs Council. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "The recent terrorist attacks in Europe and in our neighbourhood show the urgency to step up our efforts to deliver an effective and genuine Security Union. Our citizens expect the Union to deliver concrete results against the threat of terrorism, but also on organised crime, which exploits new opportunities such as the migration crisis to generate criminal profits." Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said: "As we step up our efforts to squeeze the space that terrorists and organised crime groups operate in, this report provides a solid basis for discussion on EU priorities on combatting serious and organised crime for the next four years." The next progress report, foreseen for mid-May 2017, will focus on the findings of the High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability.

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