How big are the investments of organized crime in the EU’s economy

«Do not believe that the Mafia is only an Italian problem», says Georges Dassis, president of the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). In 2013, Europol identified 3,600 criminal organizations operating in EU member states: 70% of these organizations manage international operations while the rest operate at local and national level. Every year the national governments are deprived of 670 billion euros worth of revenue. According to Dassis, «If our Governments would decide to fight against the crime, they would save 100 billion euros per year of their own budget, almost double of what they receive as structural funds.»

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The economic crime organisations invest throughout the EU

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