21 October 2013: Over the last few years, tragic gun attacks in Europe have repeatedly caught our attention, notably in Norway, Belgium, Finland, France or Italy to mention but a few. No country is unaffected and in the EU as a whole, more than one thousand people are victims of homicide by firearms each year. Now, the European Commission is presenting suggestions for how to reduce gun related violence in Europe. It identifies actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms.
31 May 2013: Europe needs to work closer together to help the victims of today's slavery. Over 100 European civil society organisations are joining forces in the new EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking in human beings. The Europe-wide platform, set up by the European Commission, will serve as a forum for civil society organisations working at European, national and local levels.
15 April 2013: 23.632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the EU over the 2008-2010 period. This is the most striking figure emerging from the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe, published on Monday by the European Commission. Despite this worrying background, to date, only 6 out of the 27 EU Member States have fully transposed the EU Anti-Trafficking Directive into their national legislation, with the deadline having expired on 6 April.
27 March 2013: The European Commission is proposing to make the EU law enforcement Agency (Europol) more effective at collecting information, analysing it and sharing these analyses with the Member States. This will let Europol provide more concrete and targeted support to the national law enforcement authorities in their cross-border cooperation and investigations. At the same time, the proposal increases Europol's accountability to the European Parliament and the national Parliaments and strengthens the protection of personal data.
21 February 2013: What are the most pressing issues for the EU to deal with? What should be the focus of the Union in the next decade? At two citizens' dialogue events in Sweden and Italy, Europeans discussed the future of European cooperation with Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. During the European Year of Citizens 2013, and in the run-up to the European elections next year, the European Commission has launched an in-depth debate with dialogue events in all 27 member states.
31 January 2013: Europe is entering an important new era in the supply and demand for illicit drugs — a development which is challenging current policies and responses. This is according to the first joint EU drug markets report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol. The two EU agencies have joined forces to provide the first strategic analysis of the European illicit drug market in its entirety.
30 November 2012: Taking knives off our streets, addressing cyber-bullying or fostering early detection of addictions – these are among the innovative crime prevention initiatives taking place across the EU as part of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). In a report, the European Commission evaluates the efforts of the network to enhance safety and security for European citizens.
15 November 2012: How are countries tackling the new drugs phenomenon? Are school children consuming drugs more or less than before? In its annual report, EU drugs agency EMCDDA puts the drug situation in Europe under the spotlight. EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström participated in the launch of the report in Lisbon.
18 October 2012: This Thursday, on the EU day against trafficking in human beings, a high-level conference was held in Brussels on how to end this modern-day slavery. Globally, according to ILO estimates, there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labour, including sexual exploitation. 80 percent of victims in the EU are women. At a speech at the conference, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström underlined the importance of cooperation across borders.
19 June 2012: Hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked in the EU every year. Women and men, boys and girls in vulnerable positions are traded for the purpose of sexual or labour exploitation, removal of organs, begging and forced marriage. This week, the European Commission adopted the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.
24 April 2012: Luxury villas, farmlands and nightclubs - these are among the assets that the Italian police have confiscated from the mafia in recent years. This week, EU commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström visited Apulia in Southern Italy where confiscated farmland is used for agriculture and social projects, creating jobs and opportunities in the local community. Recently, Commissioner Malmström proposed new EU rules for more effective confiscation of criminal assets in Europe.
12 March 2012: Every year in Europe, hundreds of billions of euro go straight into the pockets of criminal gangs and the mafia. Despite efforts by law enforcement around Europe, much of the illegal profits remain in the hands of criminals. On Monday, the Commission proposed new rules for more effective and widespread confiscation of funds and other property acquired through crime. This will enhance the ability of Member States to confiscate assets that have been transferred to third parties, it will make it easier to confiscate criminal assets even when the suspect has fled and will ensure that competent authorities can temporarily freeze assets that risk disappearing if no action is taken.
8 March 2012: Through new EU legislation adopted Thursday by the Council, Europe establishes stronger regulations to effectively fight illegal arms trafficking. It establishes requirements for exports, imports and transit licensing, and makes it easier to track weapons. The illegal firearms' trade generates about €180 million per year globally. The legislation was proposed by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström in 2010.
10 February 2012: This week, it is precisely two years since Cecilia Malmström started her mandate as EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. During these 24 months, issues in her political portfolio have been high on the agenda of Europe, including migration and asylum matters, radicalisation and terrorism, and the fight against organized crime.
12 January 2012: An international organised crime network, responsible for the large-scale production and trafficking of synthetic drugs, has been broken up following an extensive investigation by European law enforcement authorities. The operation has resulted in the arrest of the key members of the criminal network, the discovery of 3 illegal drug production facilities and the seizure of over 100 kg of amphetamine, significant quantities of drug precursors, ammunition, firearms and explosives.