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EMPACT fighting crime together

EMPACT - Fighting crime together

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. 

EMPACT priorities

Priorities of the current EMPACT cycle (January 2018 - December 2021) are:

  • cybercrime
  • drug trafficking
  • facilitating illegal immigration
  • organised property crime
  • trafficking in human beings
  • excise and MTIC fraud
  • illicit firearms trafficking
  • environmental crime
  • criminal finances and money laundering
  • document fraud

In May 2021, the Council adopted the conclusions setting the EMPACT priorities for the next EMPACT cycle (January 2022 - December 2025):

  • high-risk criminal networks
  • cyberattacks
  • trafficking in human beings
  • child sexual exploitation
  • migrant smuggling
  • drug trafficking
  • fraud, economic and financial crimes
  • organised property crime
  • environmental crime
  • firearms trafficking

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.

European Commission support to EMPACT

The European Commission:

  • provides financial support to EMPACT activities
  • chairs the meeting to define the “Multi-Annual Strategic Plan” (MASP),
  • participates in the Operational Action Plans (OAPs) and the meetings of the National EMPACT Coordinators (NECs)
  • supports EMPACT coordinated actions, such as Operation ARMSTRONG

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.

EMPACT 2020 results video

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