During the past few decades, organised crime has grown considerably as a consequence of political transformations and global economics. The countries of the European Union are very much aware of this situation, and are taking steps to coordinate strategies and boost coopera­tion in the fight against the problem. This article attempts, firstly, to explain the phenomenon in its present dimensions and in those facets that most affect the EU Member States. The au­thor then goes on to tackle the aspects concerning cooperation, in all its different areas, within the sphere of the EU, before finally carrying out a prospective and proactive examination of the foreseeable evolution of the phenomenon, and the measures necessary to tackle it in all its magnitude.
Key words: European Union, organised crime, cooperation
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