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  • Assessing OC – Assessing Organised Crime: Testing the Feasibility of a Common European Approach in a Case Study of the Cigarette Black Market in the EU


    CIS8-CT-2004-501767 (FP6)


    Tilburg University (NL)


    495.400 € (495.400 € of EU support)


    09/2004 – 12/2006 (27 months)


    Universiteit Gent (BE), Freie Universitaet Berlin (DE), University of Durham (UK), University of Tartu (EE).

    Objectives and results

    This study aimed at developing and testing a cross-national and cross-sectorial methodology for assessing the nature, social relevance and dynamics of patterns of criminal cooperation, taking the trafficking in untaxed cigarettes in the European Union as an object of study for a first pilot. In a sector-by-sector analysis of the situation in the areas of drug trafficking, illegal immigration, trafficking in human beings, and trafficking in contraband cigarettes the project explored current possibilities and limits of a meaningful assessment of organised crime.

    Publications and other resources

    Further information

    Petrus C. Van Duyne,



    Organised Crime