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Organised Crime
  Cross-border international organised crime is a global source of danger; uncertainties of the social-economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe provided a particularly favourable environment for the creation and consolidation of organised criminal activities. International organised criminal groups are engaged in smuggling narcotics, arms, nuclear materials, vehicles and human beings, they are closely interrelated. They continuously endeavour to boost their legal economic activities and influence.
Their goals are to establish ties and to infiltrate into to the spheres of politics, jurisdiction, law enforcement, and mass media and exercise leverage on them through dishonest means.

Organised crime seriously jeopardises the national security interests related to the proper and lawful functioning of state and economy. This phenomenon requires a type of treatment different from that of "traditional" crime.

Branches of organised crime are narco- and arms trafficking, human trafficking and human smuggling related to illegal migration, illicit trade of valuable goods (antiques, precious metal) and of products earning the state inland revenue (cigarettes, alcohol etc.).

The Information Office is not a law enforcement body. In the field of fighting against organised crime it is tasked to provide intelligence for the competent domestic national security services and law enforcement bodies. Besides collecting concrete data and information on criminal groups and their activities, the Information Office is charged to follow and give warning on all events, developments and incidents beyond the borders that might have an impact on the domestic criminal developments.

The fact that the services being involved in the process aimed at countering crime, are disinclined to share information which negatively affect the international opinion on their respective states, (e.g. about ties between the political elite and the organised criminal circles) creates a shortage of the international exchange of information. Even an entire state might get under the leverage of organised criminal gangs. It is clear that revealing the backstage trends and intentions in this field falls in the competence of the national security services rather than in that of the law enforcement agencies





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