Final report EU Study Administrative Approaches to crime

This study aimed to contribute to the existing body of knowledgeconcerning an administrative approach to crimein the European Unionin the following manner. First, it explored the legal options available to national administrative authorities in the selected Member Statesto prevent criminals from misusing the legal infrastructure, such as licensing procedures or tender procedures.This resulted in ten separate country reports(Chapters 2-11), as well as a comparison of those legal options in the ten Member States(Chapter 12).Second, it considered the practical application of the legal options available in the selected Member States.The results of this empirical study are reviewed in Chapter 13. Last, it explored the potential for informationexchangebetween EU Member Statesin support of an administrative approach to crime (Chapter 14). Based on the foregoing, the following conclusions can be drawn.

A general conclusion is that the battle against serious and organised crime profits from cooperation between different public authorities and in some cases private partners as well. In (almost) all of the ten Member States included in this research, we found examples of coordinated responses to problems perceived as particularly serious. Such responses mostly referred to ‘working apart together’ in order to repress or disturb problems, and less to preventing criminals from infiltrating into the legitimate economy for example by denying licenses. The study shows that an administrative approach as such is nothing new; the Member States mostly differ in how they apply administrative legislation to reduce or prevent crime problems.

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