EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats) is a security initiative driven by EU Member States to identify, prioritize and address threats posed by organized and serious international crime.
In 2021, EMPACT became a permanent instrument, as set in the Council conclusions on the permanent continuation of the EU Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime: EMPACT 2022+.
EMPACT runs in four-year cycles. It is a multidisciplinary cooperation platform of Member States, supported by all EU institutions, bodies and agencies (such as, Europol, Frontex, Eurojust, CEPOL, OLAF, EU-LISA, EFCA and others). Third countries, international organisations, and other public and private partners are also associated.
Priorities of the current EMPACT cycle (January 2018 - December 2021) are:
In May 2021, the Council adopted the conclusions setting the EMPACT priorities for the next EMPACT cycle (January 2022 - December 2025):
In addition to these priorities, document fraud will be addressed as a common horizontal strategic goal, since it is a key enabler for many crimes.
The European Commission:
The European Commission also works together with the Member States, the Council of the European Union and the Agencies to ensure consistency of EMPACT actions with EU political priorities and other initiatives (e.g. Law Enforcement Working Party, Customs Cooperation Working Party Action Plan), and promotes general awareness of EMPACT in security dialogs.
In April 2021, the Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments. This strategy strongly articulates with EMPACT.
Periodically, the European Commission conducts an independent evaluation at the end of four years, generating recommendations on what to improve in the next EMPACT cycle.