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Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border and organised crime, including trafficking and itinerant criminal groups

Norway supporta programmes on Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border crime. The objective of these programmes is to increase citizen's security through improvement of the efficiency of cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the Schengen Member States.

Organised crime is a threat to European citizens, businesses, public institutions as well as the economy as a whole. Support from the Grants help to strengthen police cooperation and enhance capacity to better coordinate with specialised EU police and justice agencies. It also help to improve the capabilities of the police to investigate and prosecute organised crime cases.

Human trafficking is a huge challenge; according to the United Nations, generating €2.5 billion each year it is one of the most lucrative illicit businesses in Europe. The majority of victims are women and girls that are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Many are recruited in Central and Eastern Europe. Norway support activities to prevent recruitment and provide assistance for victims.

Programme objective:

  • Increased security for citizens through better and more efficient cooperation between law enforcement authorities in the Schengen member countries in fighting organised crime, including trafficking in human beings

Expected results:

  • Improved structures, systems and technical equipment in order to improve the implementation of the Schengenacquis
  • Strengthened cooperation between the police in the Schengen member countries
  • Improved capacity to prevent and combat cross-border and organised crime, including trafficking in human beings and itinerant criminal groups
  • Improved cooperation between authorities and relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, in assisting victims of crime

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania.

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