EMPACT fighting crime together
EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats) is a security initiative driven by EU Member States to identify, prioritise and address threats posed by organised and serious international crime.
In 2021, EMPACT became a permanent instrument, as set in the Council conclusions on the permanent continuation of the EU Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime: EMPACT 2022.
EMPACT runs in four-year cycles. It is a multidisciplinary cooperation platform of Member States, supported by all EU institutions, bodies and agencies (such as, Europol, Frontex, Eurojust, CEPOL, OLAF, EU-LISA, EFCA and others). Third countries, international organisations, and other public and private partners are also associated.
In May 2021, the Council adopted the conclusions setting the EMPACT priorities for the next EMPACT cycle (January 2022 - December 2025):
- high-risk criminal networks
- trafficking in human beings
- child sexual exploitation
- migrant smuggling
- drug trafficking
- fraud, economic and financial crimes
- organised property crime
- environmental crime
- firearms trafficking
In addition to these priorities, document fraud will be addressed as a common horizontal strategic goal, since it is a key enabler for many crimes.