Organised crime, corruption and money laundering :
- extracts from the report by Salvatore IACOLINO (EPP, IT)
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 10/06/2013 First transmission: 10/06/2013
MEPs debated the plans to appoint a European public prosecutor to protect the EU's financial interests and introduce an EU-wide definition of mafia-style crime. These plans are part of a package of proposed laws and measures to equip EU law enforcement bodies to combat crime better at national, EU and international levels. Other proposed measures include introducing new laws to protect witnesses and informers, new rules making it easier to use criminals' confiscated assets for social purposes and barring anyone convicted for corruption from bidding for public contracts in the EU. These plans were drawn up by Parliament's Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering. Today’s debate will be followed by a vote on Tuesday.
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||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Salvatore IACOLINO (EPP, IT) Rapporteur: "We want to focus our attention on one particular challenge, is not just a European problem anymore, is a world's problem, we are talking about crimes that are economic crimes in nature as well. We need therefore to make sure that the resources which are illegally obtained by criminal bodies and gangs can be recovered."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Salvatore IACOLINO (EPP, IT) Rapporteur: "We need to make sure that companies who have been found guilty of crimes related to calls for tenders in their own countries to be disqualified from applying from applying pretenders in other member states. We need to activate a European prosecutor office, we need a proposal on this. We also need to fight against tax havens, some of which are to be found off the territory of member states. We need more transparency in the banking system; we need to make sure that notaries are honest, as well as the trade chambers".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Commissioner: "The mid-term report refers to the need for efficient systems for confiscation and recovery of the proceeds of crime and I welcome the proposals here. Once adopted, the confiscation directive will need to be implemented properly and promptly. We welcome the report's emphasis on the need for special protection for victims of trafficking, especially children".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Commissioner: "We welcome very much in your report the strong statement on the establishment of the European public prosecutor's office. It would be a milestone in the process of improving the EU's financial interest protection and thus protecting the tax-payers money".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique MATHIEU HOUILLON (EPP, FR): "There is a lot to do in the field of judicial and police cooperation, especially on training and also in excluding operators who have criminal charges or money laundering charges from tendering processes, by producing in a transparent way a European list of criminal companies."
||SOUNDBITE (Slovenian) Tanja FAJON (S&D, SL): "We loose approximately 120 billion euros per year due to corruption. Organised crime has great chances to make huge profits. If we could use this money to create new jobs we would have dealt with the crisis long ago".
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Sonia ALFANO (ALDE, IT): "Let me just say how much I regret how some people is trying to denigrate the memory of victims of the mafia. In Vienna recently there is a new pub which mocks names of innocent victims of the mafia in their menu. In Spain, there are 31 restaurants named 'Mafia'. It's a shameful thing, I would ask member states to take steps to put end to this disgraceful exhibition. The mafia should be recognised as the dishonest thing which it is and combated it as such".
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