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Part 2 of the report
Organised crime poses a threat to the security and freedom of European citizens and impacts the lives of people worldwide. Recognising the severity of the problem and the need for coordinated action, the EU has initiated a number of measures to encourage closer cooperation between Member States and the adoption of common legal, judicial and investigative frameworks to address organised crime.
The report Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of fight against organised crime: the effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime evaluates the practical application of legal and investigative tools stemming from Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime, other EU and international regulations and national legislation. The study involved a review of the transposition of Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA in 28 Member States; examining how the identified legislation, relevant to the fight against organised crime, was used in practice in each Member State; a review of eight special legal and investigative tools and techniques used in the fight against organised crime and an overview of selected national specialist law enforcement and prosecution agencies involved in the fight against organised crime.
CSD team developed Chapter III of the study dedicated to the analysis of the investigatory tools used in the fight against organised crime (legislation and practices). It examines eight investigative techniques: surveillance, interception of communication, covert investigations, controlled deliveries, informants, joint investigation teams, hot pursuit and witness protection. For each of the tools, the following aspects have been reviewed: definition; assessment of various approaches to the implementation of the tool; evaluation of the mechanism for judicial or other oversight of the tool; analysis of the issues and problems that typically limit the effectiveness of the tool; suggested recommendations to improve cooperation within the EU in the use of the tool.