The European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, approved the establishment of a parliamentary committee to assess the damage caused to EU countries by organized crime, corruption and money laundering, reported a spokesman for the Parliament on Thursday.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, this “anti-mafia commission,” whose activities will begin in April, must submit its first report within 12 months. The new structure is also charged with making recommendations to make more effective the fight against organized crime.
To intensify this struggle, the European Commission published on March 12 a draft directive facilitating the procedure of freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime in the European Union.
“We need to hit criminals where it hurts, by attacking the money, and we must retrieve their winnings to reinject them into the legal economy, especially in these times of crisis,” said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner European Home Affairs in charge.