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Harmony process

The eight priorities for the fight against organised crime, endorsed by the Council in June 2011, represent the so-called "Harmony process" for the period 2011-13.

Eight priorities for the fight against organised crime

The eight priorities for 2011-13 originate from Europol's Organised Crime Threat Assessment and aim at:

  • weakening the capacity of organised crime groups active or based in west Africa to traffic cocaine and heroin to and within the EU
  • mitigating the role of the Western Balkans as a key transit and storage zone for illicit commodities destined for the EU and logistical centre for organised crime groups, including Albanian-speaking organised crime groups
  • weakening the capacity of organised crime groups to facilitate irregular immigration to the EU, particularly via southern, south-eastern and eastern Europe and notably at the Greek-Turkish border and in crisis areas of the Mediterranean close to north Africa
  • reducing the production and distribution in the EU of synthetic drugs, including new psychoactive substances
  • disrupting the trafficking to the EU, particularly in container form, of illicit commodities, including cocaine, heroin, cannabis, counterfeit goods and cigarettes
  • combating against all forms of trafficking in human beings and human smuggling by targeting organised crime groups conducting such criminal activities, in particular, at the southern, south-western and south-eastern criminal hubs in the EU
  • reducing the general capabilities of mobile (itinerant) organised crime groups to engage in criminal activities
  • stepping up the fight against cybercrime and the criminal misuse of the internet by organised crime groups.

Implementing the Harmony process

The Harmony process sets out a methodology for the systematic application of the Internal Security Strategy (ISS). After having identified the eight political priorities for the fight against organised crime, expert groups, hosted and facilitated by the Commission, defined strategic goals for each priority. These strategic goals were first endorsed by COSI and then translated into operational action plans. Each operational action plan for the year 2012 is also validated by COSI.

The implementation and review phase of the Policy Cycle 2011-13 will start and run until the endorsement of SOCTA (Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment), which will be available at the beginning of 2013. With the SOCTA report, the four year "full" policy cycle for the period 2013-17 will begin.

The Harmony process and the ISS are mutually reinforcing as the Policy Cycle constitutes the operational angle of the ISS shared agenda. The Commission will ensure the compatibility between the Harmony process and the ISS on both the political and operational level.

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