"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."





European Network on the Administrative Approach tackling serious and organised crime




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 one 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, offers 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 within the EU in the Council Conclusion of 5 November 2010. Since then the Network has evolved into a Network of National Contact Points who 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 mobile (itinerant) groups and where necessary also other relevant crime areas, taking into account national needs and particular circumstances.

This Network

  • promotes the concept of administrative measures
  • assesses possibilities to strengthen the exchange of information between administrative bodies and traditional law enforcement organisations of EU Member States, making use of existing instruments for international exchange of information and limitations stemming from national legislation
  • encourages sharing of best practices
  • proposes new initiatives in developing administrative measures.


WP 2018-2020


During the full Network meeting in February 2018 the new multi–annual Work Programme (2018-2020) for the European Network on the Administrative Approach to tackle serious and organized crime (ENAA) was adopted by the Member States. It sets out to build upon the results achieved under the previous Programme.

Some of the main tasks of the Work Programme 2018-2020 include:

  • drafting a Multi-Annual Strategy as a comprehensive basis for the time period after 2020, which defines the Network's goal, definitions, target groups and actions over the coming years
  • increasing the Network's reach by agreeing a new name to put it on a more formal footing and providing it with more recognisable branding
  • refreshing the Terms of Reference of the ‘Core Group’ of participants in the full Network and develop a Rules of Procedure.
  • drafting and publishing a third edition of the EU Handbook on complementary approaches and actions to prevent and disrupt organised crime. (see Annex - point 2)
  • create a Rules of Procedure for the full Network