Cross-border crime inroads on integrity in Europe

Edited by: Petrus C. van Duyne, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Tom Vander Beken, Jackie Harvey, Almir Maljevic, Klaus Von Lampe

Europe is not a quiet province, certainly not in terms of the prevalence of cross-border crime and corruption. As a matter of fact, there is constant pressure on the integrity of its institutions, whether it concerns the Member States of the European Union or the countries outside this 'family,' but applying for this coveted membership. This pressure does not only come from the 'outside' - within the EU, there are also continuous criminal inroads being made on its integrity. This is not a new phenomenon. However, the intensification of cross-border mobility, as well as recent complex legislation concerning criminal liability - also cross-border, e.g. for corruption - have changed the landscape and widened the risks of such criminal inroads. From trading across the Finnish-Russian border to new candidate countries in Southeast Europe, there are new threats looming. The Balkan countries, standing on the threshold of Europe, are still rife with corruption. Within the EU, there are serious doubts about the solidity and efficiency of the institutions which are supposed to counter the threat of organized crime, corruption, or other menaces against the integrity of the financial and economic system and its other interests. In this tenth volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium series, these questions have been addressed by 24 expert European scholars. The book provides a number of well-reasoned answers while making the reader aware how many questions still have to be addressed in this field. (Series: Cross-border Crime Colloquium - Vol. 10)

400 pages

Publication Date: 11/1/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789058505774